A WEATHER warning for ice has been issued for tonight as Dorset braces itself for snow showers.

A yellow weather for ice has been issued for the whole of the county from midnight until 10am on Wednesday.

The Met Office has warned there could be potential for some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces.

While icy patches could also occur on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “A mix of rain and hail showers, with some snow over higher ground, is likely to leave surfaces wet overnight. Surface temperatures are then expected to fall below freezing with icy stretches forming in places.”

As reported on Monday, Twitter-based forecaster Dorset Snow said all areas of the county are “in with a shot” of seeing snow or sleet showers tonight when temperatures drop.

Posting on Twitter on Monday afternoon, Dorset Snow said: “A small feature will develop on Tuesday evening and feed showers in from the west. These showers will start of as a mix of rain and sleet, but turn readily to snow during the night. I am expecting some well organised snow showers between 22.30-1am."

He added: “Interestingly we also have an area of precipitation sitting on the channel. This could supply a prolonged area of light snow for coastal areas, although this is a lower risk.”

Dorset Snow has published a map of which areas in Dorset could see the most snow.

Beaminster, Sherborne and Lyme Regis could see “regular snow showers” with 1cm “possible.”

Bridport, Dorchester, Shaftesbury, Wareham, Bournemouth, Poole, Sturminster and Blandford could see “scattered snow showers” with a “dusting possible.”

While Weymouth, Portland and Swanage are set to see “regular wintry showers.”

Earlier today, many parts of Dorset saw heavy rain and hail for a short time.

According to the Met Office, temperatures tonight will ‘feel like’ -4C between 11am and 6am.

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