WITH the snow beginning to melt, drivers are being warned to be prepared for icy patches and standing water across Gloucestershire.

The Met Office is predicting both rain and some flurries of snow over the next few days, although any snowfall is expected to quickly turn into sleet and rain.

A band of rain is also predicted throughout the county today which, coupled with thawing snow, could lead to standing water on roads.

Although gritters have been out treating key roads, Gloucestershire County Council’s highways department are asking drivers to be aware of possible ice patches.

Area highways manager John Kay said low temperatures had meant snow had thawed very slowly.

“We may well have some further snow showers before the weekend,” he said.

“This means compacted snow and ice could remain a concern on the network and drivers should take special care. We will, as always, be monitoring weather updates closely and taking further action if needed.”