SNOW showers are expected across Cheshire on Friday and Saturday with the Met Office issuing a yellow warning for snow and ice.

Storm Caroline is predicted to bring gusts of 60-70mph in Scotland and as it moves away from the UK later on Thursday and through Friday it will allow winds from the northwest to spread across the UK bringing much colder air from the Arctic.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning, urging people in Cheshire to be prepared.

Between 2cm and 5cm of snow is expected but the Met Office said that 10cm to 20cm of snow is possible over high ground.

The warning is in place from midnight on Friday to 6pm on Saturday.

A spokesman added: "Snow showers are expected to become increasingly frequent over northern Scotland late on Thursday and are expected across many other parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and western England on Friday.

"Icy surfaces are also likely to be an additional hazard, especially overnight.

"Strong northwest winds may cause drifting of the snow in places with blizzard conditions possible at times across northern Scotland.

"The heaviest and most frequent of the snow showers will progressively become confined to northeast Scotland during Saturday.

"Some roads and railways are likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and for train services. 

"There will also probably be some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths."