A WARNING of snow and ice issued in the Borders has been brought forward.

The yellow Met Office alert, covering all but the east coast of the region, comes into effect at 12pm today (Thursday, February 8).

Prior to the update, the initial warning was due to kick in at 3pm.

It lasts until 3pm on Friday, with the forecaster warning that there could be some travel disruption.

A Met Office spokesperson said: "Outbreaks of sleet and snow will gradually spread northwards across the warning area this afternoon, and overnight into Friday.

"Accumulations will vary from place to place and will mainly be across high ground (above about 300 metres) - here, some areas are expected to see 1-3 cm of snow through this period but perhaps as much as 8-10 cm in a few locations. Ice will be an additional hazard.

"Keep yourself and your family safe when it is icy. Plan to leave the house at least five minutes earlier than normal. Not needing to rush reduces your risk of accidents, slips, and falls.

"If you need to make a journey on foot, try to use pavements along main roads which are likely to be less slippery. Similarly, if cycling, try and stick to main roads which are more likely to have been treated.

"Be prepared for weather warnings to change: when a weather warning is issued, the Met Office recommends staying up to date with the weather forecast in your area."