Experts have warned ice and snow on roads and paths could lead to injuries as a serious weather warning has been issued today.

A yellow weather warning for ice is in force today - from 3pm until 3am tomorrow - across Essex as ice and small amounts of snow could lead to slippery surfaces in a few places.

Icy patches are expected on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths, as Essex County Council's gritters will be out this afternoon on its salting routes.

The Met Office forecasters warn residents to expect "some injuries" from slips and falls on icy or snowy surfaces.

Heavy snow is forecast across south Essex from 3pm until 5pm today, with light snow showers expected to stop at around 7pm.

While most areas will see little to no lying snow, 1-2cm could settle in "one or two" places.

Essex experts, MetCast, warned snow would "become more widespread" for a time this afternoon, with the risk of ice in places.

A Met Office spokesman said: "Parts of southern Britain are likely to see some snow showers during Monday afternoon and the first part of the night.

"Most places will see little or no lying snow, but 1-2 cm may settle in one or two places, mostly over high ground. In addition, some icy surfaces are possible for a time.

"However, the chance of this reduces by dawn on Tuesday as snow showers clear to the west and surfaces dry out."