FORECASTERS have warned people across the country to prepare themselves for 'prolonged and disruptive' snow.

Weather warnings for snow will be in place for Somerset as the ‘Beast from the East’ reaches the UK.

A cold front from the east is seeing temperatures drop well below freezing this week.

Bridgwater Mercury:

The Met Office has issued a ‘yellow’ warning for snow tomorrow (Tuesday, February 27) between 12.05am and 11.55pm in the Bridgwater area.

A second warning is also in place for wind and snow in Taunton and Bridgwater areas between 12pm and 11.55pm on Thursday (March 1).

A Met Office spokesman said: “It will be extremely cold with a significant wind chill for most. Frequent snow showers Wednesday, with some brighter spells. Probably a spell of prolonged and disruptive snow arriving Thursday night into Friday.”

People across the county have also been warned to expect to travel disruption and power cuts are possible.

The Met Office added: “There is potential for a spell of heavy snow, accompanied by strong winds, to move slowly north through Thursday afternoon and night.

“There is a small chance that long delays and cancellations on bus, rail and air travel could occur. There is a slight chance that roads may become blocked by deep snow, with stranded vehicles and passengers. There is a small chance that long interruptions to power supplies and other services such as telephones, may occur.”