County councils in Sussex are issuing warnings ahead of expected snow and ice later today (January 12).

The councils are urging people to take care and look out for the vulnerable as cold weather is expected for the next few days.

The Met Office has issued a Level 3 cold weather alert across Sussex between 3pm today and 9pm on Sunday night (January 15).

There is also a yellow warning for snow, along with an increasing risk of snow showers and overnight frost.

Christine Field, the cabinet member for community well-being at West Sussex County Council, said:

“The Met Office is warning us it is going to be a lot colder over the next few days.

“If there is anyone you know who might be at particular risk, for example, an older person living on their own, make sure they know what to do to stay warm and are well stocked with food and medications.

“Icy ground may be a problem for a few days which can lead to slips and falls that might cause broken bones.

“You could make a real difference to someone by picking up shopping or medicines so they don’t have to leave their home.”

Other tips being offered to battle the cold include having plenty of warm food and drinks to stay warm, wearing lots of layers and maintaining indoor temperatures of at least 18°C.

More information can be found here.