EMERGENCY services are warning people in South Gloucestershire to stay off the roads.

As snow continues to fall across the region, Avon and Somerset police is advising motorists, in particular HGV drivers, to avoid making journeys unless absolutely necessary.

Between ten and 15cm of snow is expected to fall by the end of today.

An Avon and Somerset police spokesman said: “While there have been no major incidents on the roads in Avon and Somerset we are advising to stay indoors.

"If you do have to drive, we suggest you slow down and brake, steer and change gear as smoothly as possible to avoid skidding.

“Make sure your windscreen is clear and your lights clean and working properly. Check your tyre pressure and your radiator antifreeze levels. It's probably a good idea to carry de-icer, food, a hot flask, a blanket and a shovel as well.”

He added: “Think ahead. Tune in to local radio for weather and travel reports, plan your route, leave extra time for your journey and, if you're in doubt - then don't set out.”

For more roads updates visit the Highways Agency website www.highways.gov.uk. For weather updates go on www.metoffice.gov.uk