The North East has been issued a yellow warning for ice amid concerns over a level three cold alert issued to the UK.

Issued this afternoon, the warning is in place from 5pm today until 10am this morning and could lead to some disruption on the roads.

The forecaster has warned of some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces.

Untreated roads could also become quite icy, along with pavements and cycle paths leading to disruption to travel.

It comes as a level three alert for cold has been issued for the UK along with a stark warning to pet owners from emergency vet service, Vets Now.

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People have been urged to keep warm and check in on family and friends who may be more vulnerable to cold weather with sub-zero temperatures, snow and ice hitting parts of the UK this week.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), a Government health agency, issued a level three cold alert on Monday in response to “severe winter weather”.

It warned that older people and those with pre-existing health conditions are particularly vulnerable during a cold snap, and stressed it could have a “serious impact” on people’s health.

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It comes as the Met Office said all of England will continue to experience cold weather until 9am on Friday.

Amid sub-zero temperatures, Emergency vet service, Vets Now, has warned how frost, fog, snow and high winds can affect pets.

Common issues emergency vets will treat include cats and dogs suffering from frostbite on paws, breathing difficulties from dogs who have short-noses, and pets injuring themselves due to icy and slippery surfaces or injuries on snow-covered hazards, such as rocks.