THE Met Office has issued a yellow warning as freezing temperatures are set to bring ice and snow to Somerset and Devon this afternoon.

The warning will be in effect from 3pm on Monday, January 8, until 3am on Tuesday, January 9.

According to the Met Office, ice and small amounts of snow could lead to slippery surfaces in some places within the warning area.

People have been advised to expect icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths, as well as the potential for injuries from slips and falls on icy or snowy surfaces.

Met Office's four tips for staying safe in ice

1. Prepare your vehicle

If you need to drive somewhere, the Met Office advises planning your route, checking for delays and road closures, and leaving more time to prepare and check your car before setting off.

It's also advisable to check wipers, tyres and screen wash, pack essentials in your car (warm clothing, food, drink, blanket, torch), take a fully charged mobile phone, and pack an in-car charger.

2. Drive safely

Although it's safer to not drive during icy conditions, those taking essential journeys should look well ahead for potential hazards  whilst driving, and keep their speed down.

Accelerating, braking, steering and changing gear should be done as smoothly as possible to reduce the risk of a skid - it also helps to use higher gears to help find traction.

3. Leave extra time if walking or cycling

Those travelling by foot or bike are advised to leave the house five minutes earlier than normal to reduce rushing, and stick to main road pavements that are likely to be less slippery, or use the main roads themselves if cycling.

Take extra care when walking on untreated pavements and prepare for journeys by wearing footwear with a good grip, and where possible, do not cycle on untreated roads as accidents are more likely.

4. Look out for elderly relatives or neighbours

Check to see if they need any practical help and that they are well, and make sure they have enough food supplies in case they cannot go out.

Offer to clear their paths when you clear yours and spread salt. You can use ordinary table or dishwasher salt - a tablespoon for each square metre you clear.