Devon on alert as snow is forecast for Friday

15:23 16 January 2013

Archant

Road temperatures in the region could reach as low as -4 as cold weather hits the region.

DEVON is preparing for the possibility of snow and ice on Friday as a wave of cold weather is forecast.

Early forecasts suggest that there is a threat of rain moving in from the South West overnight on Thursday, possibly turning to wintry showers as it hits colder air.

A yellow weather warning currently covers much of the county for the duration of Friday.

Road surface temperatures could drop to -4, and motorists are being urged to be aware of ice.

Higher ground in East Devon, Dartmoor and Exmoor could be worst affected with the risk of between 5cm and 10cm of snow.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transportation, said: “I would urge everyone to take extra care on the county’s roads and footways.

“Our highways teams are prepared for the possibility of snow and ice and gritters will be responding as required to treat our precautionary salting routes.

“Every effort is always made to keep highways as clear as possible and keep Devon moving, however people are travelling.

“The combination of rain, sleet or snow, and freezing temperatures could make travelling conditions hazardous, particularly on more minor roads.

“At this stage we would urge everyone to be aware, keep an eye on the forecast and be prepared if you are travelling.

“And remember that ice can even form on roads which have been treated.”

More than 260 snow wardens volunteering across the county will remain on alert.

Devon County Council, Highways Agency and Devon and Cornwall Police are issuing the following advice to motorists:

• Avoid overnight travel unless absolutely essential as roads will always be more hazardous at night with less traffic and colder temperatures.

• Never assume a road has been salted. Remember that showers or rain will wash salt off roads leaving them prone to ice, and in extreme cold even salting will not stop ice from forming.

• Allow additional time for your journey and reduce your speed.

• Drive with care and according to the conditions.

• If you have vulnerable or elderly neighbours, think about how they could possibly be helped through the cold spell.

For more information and travel advice visit: www.devon.gov.uk/winter_travel

0 comments

Other News Stories

13:04

Twelve crews involved in fight to save thatch properties

Read more
17:00

One of the longest-serving members of the volunteer crew of the RNLI lifeboat, in Lyme Regis, has retired because of work commitments.

Read more

A small-scale mud run has been set up in the wake of the cancellation of East Devon’s popular Rocksolid Race.

Read more

A trio of sleek bobs has become a badge of honour for three youngsters who cut their long locks for the Little Princess Trust charity.

Read more
11:00

Lifeboat supporters in East Devon are in buoyant mood after another bumper fundraising year.

Read more
07:00

Allan Hill has no plans to spend his 80th birthday sipping sherry with his feet up – he’s going to celebrate by jumping out of a plane from 15,000ft.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

Musbury Primary School’s PTFA raised more than £500 from its Christmas Luxury Raffle, with all the prizes donated by local businesses.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00

Schools across East Devon are being reminded that they can arrange year-round outdoor sessions with education rangers from the district council’s Countryside team.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00

Following being named by the Alzheimer’s Society as Dementia Friendly Rural Community of the Year 2016, Honiton Dementia Action Alliance is launching an Action on Dementia programme for 2017.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:28

An ‘unprecedented’ disaster that has left a lasting legacy in East Devon

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 5°C

min temp: -0°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications