A TREE blown down by gales blocked Waterfield Road, Hereford, today.

It happened as part of Britain woke up to snow as gales went on to batter the country through the day. Waterfield Road is now clear.

Weather warnings for snow and ice were in place across western Scotland and Northern Ireland until 11am, while the wintry weather is also set to cause disruption across parts of the Midlands, including Herefordshire.

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: "It's very windy out there at the moment.

"We've got bands of sleet and snow pushing eastwards through the morning, and this will clear to heavy showers through the day.

"There's a cold north-westerly wind with gales around the coast."

Temperatures are not likely to get much above 10 or 11C, but with the wind chill, this could feel more like 6 to 8C.

Police forces reported closed roads due to snow on Sunday morning, while others said they had been called to a number of fallen trees.

After a slight reprieve in conditions expected on Monday, the wild weather is expected to make a return towards the middle of the week.

The Met Office has issued two further yellow weather warnings for wind, the first of which covers much of Northern Ireland, and will begin at 3pm on Tuesday and last until midnight.

Another is in place for much of England, including Herefordshire, from around midnight on Wednesday until 3pm.