Snow and ice hitting parts of the country overnight could affect travel on Friday morning (February 25) as forecasters warn that “chopping and changing” weather is set to stick around for up to five days.

A yellow weather warning was in place in the north-west of England until around 9am on Friday, with icy stretches likely to form on untreated roads amid near-freezing temperatures.

This could still see snow and ice sticking around on roads for the morning period.

The Met Office urged people not to cycle and to take extra care when driving or walking, and warned of possible longer journey times on roads and railways.

A cold start with frost in places is set to make way for a drier and brighter day with sunny spells.

Met Office chief meteorologist Frank Saunders said: “A ridge of high pressure builds on Friday resulting in a fine, bright day for most.

“However, the winds pick up again as we head into the weekend with weather fronts bringing rain to the north and west and milder air spreads back in here”.

The Met Office said the unsettled blustery weather will stay around over the coming days, especially in the northwest, although conditions are not expected to be as severe as during the past week.