People walk through snow in Main Street, Gateshead, as parts of Britain woke up to snow and heavy rain in the latest of the bad weather to hit the country. Press Association

The Met Office has issued warnings of severe cold weather and icy conditions over the next few days.

The second highest-level alert has warned of a cold northwesterly airflow and occasional showers across the country, with some of these falling as sleet and snow, over the weekend. Motorists in England have been warned of icy conditions where surfaces remain wet or damp from showers. Widespread overnight frosts are expected over the next couple of nights.

London and the South West of England face occasional wintry showers and a risk of icy patches over the weekend. The North East and North West will see some extreme conditions with icy patches forming as a result of occasional wintry showers. Yorkshire and the Humber too shares the same forecast.

East Midlands and West Midlands face icy conditions resulting from a few wintry showers. The East and South East of England will also see icy patches forming as a result of occasional wintry showers.

The extreme conditions could raise the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services, the Met Office statement has added.