The Met Office has issued a fresh warning for snow and ice across the North East on Thursday.

Snow showers potentially causing travel disruption are expected with a yellow warning in force throughout the morning on Thursday (January 18).

It comes amid a spell of icy weather with sub-zero temperatures and snow flurries seen in some parts of the region.

The forecaster says some roads and railways will be affected with longer journey times and ice patches on roads and pavements.

The warning is in place from 1am until midday tomorrow.

It comes on top of a yellow warning in place for snow on Wednesday.

The chilly conditions are being caused by a blast of arctic air which has moved in from the North.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Andy Page, said: “Where and how much snow we will get will vary throughout the week and weather warnings could change quickly, you will need to keep an eye on the forecast for your region for the latest information.

“There will be widespread frost this week and we could see some fairly deep laying snow in parts of northern UK and strong winds could result in drifting or blizzard conditions at times. The snow and ice will be disruptive and could potentially impact travel plans, make driving dangerous and pavements slippery.

“It will feel bitterly cold with daytime temperatures in the low single figures for many, and overnight temperatures will fall to -3 or -4 in many towns and cities, and it will be even colder in many rural areas.”

Areas of Scotland have been placed under amber warnings after the UK’s coldest night of the winter so far.

Temperatures in the Highlands reached lows of minus 14C on Tuesday night.

Hundreds of schools north of the border have been shut on Wednesday with motorists advised to drive with care.