THERE is now an amber weather warning in place for parts of north Shropshire and Mid Wales on Thursday, the Met office has confirmed.

There had been a yellow weather warning for snow for Thursday in place for a number of days; however, the Met Office confirmed on Wednesday that it had been upgraded to an amber alert.

The snow is likely to affect rural areas of Powys and north Shropshire, close to Oswestry and Welshpool while further east towards Whitchurch and Wem and south towards Newtown, the yellow warning still remains for snow and ice.

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A Met Office spokesman warned residents that there could be ‘serious’ disruption, especially in rural communities.

They said: “There is a good chance that some rural communities could be temporarily cut off.

“Travel delays on roads are likely, stranding some vehicles and passengers.

“Power cuts are possible and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected.

“Some delays and cancellations to rail travel are likely.

“Untreated pavements and cycle paths likely to be impassable with injuries from slips and falls likely on icy surfaces.”

It is one of two amber warnings in the UK for the same day.

The yellow weather waning for just snow for the whole of North Wales and north Shropshire remains for Friday.