Residents across Ross and the surrounding area are being warned to take extra care in the cold snap.

Among numerous callouts, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service responded to a spate of road traffic collisions (RTCs) involving some 12 vehicles over Friday and the weekend, as well as two woodburning stove incidents.

The incidents took place amid extreme winter conditions and Met Office Yellow Weather Warnings, among snow, ice and temperatures well below freezing.

The RTCs took place right across the area, involving vehicle collisions, vehicle and motorcycle fires, vehicles hitting a building and a telegraph pole, and landing on their side, upside down and in a ditch.

The woodburning stove fires involved a fire in a chimney stack and one extending to roof space, much of which was destroyed.

The Met Office forecast is for the icy weather conditions to continue at least for the next few days, and they have extended the cold weather Alert Level 3 until 9am on Friday December 16.

The immediate forecast is for temperatures to fall well below freezing, giving a sharp frost and a risk of icy patches, with freezing fog thickening and re-forming to give some areas a murky night. Wednesday to Friday are expected to stay cold with sharp overnight frosts.