THE Met Office is warning parts of Herefordshire could be hit by several inches of snow this weekend.

The yellow weather warning, covering much of the West Midlands and Wales, will be in force from 3am until 6pm on Saturday.

There is then more snow forecast for parts of Herefordshire on Sunday and Monday.

The Met Office says an area of rain pushing in from the southwest through the early morning will readily turn to snow in places as it encounters colder air.

"There remains a good deal of uncertainty in how far north the rain and snow will get, before the band stalls and starts to move south again as it eases," the warning added.

"Three to seven centimetres of snow is possible to low levels with the potential for 10 to 15 centimetres over high ground (above 200-300 metres), mainly in Wales and the West Midlands.

"There is a very low chance of perhaps as much 20 centimetres over highest parts of the Shropshire and Snowdonia."

The forecast for Hereford from the Met Office shows rain in the early hours of Saturday morning will turn to sleet by 6am, and then heavy snow by 9am.

The wintry showers will then die out by 6pm.

But in the north of the county in Kington, the Met Office forecasters think weather will be similar to Hereford on Saturday, but with further light snow on Sunday evening and into Monday.

The yellow weather warning says the snow, whch could be heavy at times, may lead to some travel disruption, such as stranded vehicles, as well as some rural communities potentially being cut off and some power cuts.

The latest snow warning comes less than a week after a similar alert less than a week since the county woke up to a covering of snow on Sunday, January 24.