A COLD weather alert has been issued by the Met Office for Dorset.

The Met Office says there is “a 70 per cent probability of severe weather/icy conditions/heavy snow” over the coming days.

The alert is valid from 6pm on Sunday until 6pm on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “High pressure will build across the country over the weekend and into early next week.

"This will bring a spell of dry weather and light winds, with overnight frosts becoming widespread. The cold overnight temperatures will be offset by generally fine daytime conditions with sunny spells.

"However, fog patches will develop across central and southern areas Sunday night into Monday, suppressing daytime temperatures in places where slow to clear."