SOMERSET has been spared heavy snowfall so far this season while other parts of the country have been buried by the white stuff.

And as the temperature has dropped below freezing, parts of the county and the South West could see some snow showers this weekend.

The Met Office says it will turn colder in the South West over the next five days and the mercury could drop to as low as -4 degrees Celsius in Taunton.

The regional forecast reads: “This evening and tonight will be mainly dry for all, with some cloud and clear spells across the region. It will be cold with a widespread frost by the morning. Minimum temperature -3 °C.

“Saturday will see a frosty start with some patchy cloud around, but turning clear and sunny. It will feel very cold, especially with the winds picking up through the day. Maximum temperature 6 °C.

“The outlook for Sunday to Tuesday is that it will be cold and sunny on Sunday. Turning bitterly cold on Monday and Tuesday, but cloudier at times with a few snow flurries possible.”

Weather warnings for snow are in place for the South East, London, East Anglia, East Midlands and the North East on Monday and Tuesday.