THE Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for the next three days as snow and ice threaten disruption in Fife. 

Locals are being urged to stay safe by planning ahead of the cold snap and leaving extra time for journeys as adverse weather is likely to cause disruption on roads and railways. 

Warnings for snow and ice are in place from 6pm tomorrow (Thursday) until 6pm on Saturday. 

On Thursday and Friday, the public can expect longer journey times by road, bus and train services, icy patches on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths and possible injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces. 

However, on Saturday, the Met Office said there is also a chance that power cuts will occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected and some rural communities could become cut off.

On their website, the Met Office warned: "Snowy, wintry weather can cause delays and make driving conditions dangerous, so to keep yourself and others safe: plan your route, checking for delays and road closures, amending your travel plans if necessary.

"If driving, leave more time to prepare and check your car before setting off; make sure you have essentials packed in your car in the event of any delays (warm clothing, food, water, a blanket, a torch, ice scraper/de-icer, a warning triangle, high visibility vest and an in-car phone charger).

"Keep yourself and your family safe when it is icy. Plan to leave the house at least five minutes earlier than normal to reduce your risk of accidents, slips and falls.

"If making 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.

"People cope better when they have prepared in advance for the risk of power cuts or being cut off from services and amenities due to the snow. It’s easy to do; consider gathering torches and batteries, a mobile phone power pack and other essential items.

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