Council warns people to stay off roads in Devon

PUBLISHED: 07:05 02 March 2018 | UPDATED: 07:05 02 March 2018

Heavy snow has forced many schools across the county to remain closed for a second day.

Heavy snow has forced many schools across the county to remain closed for a second day.


Devon County Council Highways is urging people not to use the roads this morning (Friday).

Continued snow in parts overnight, and freezing rain, on top of sub-zero temperatures, make driving conditions potentially dangerous, the council says.

Cllr Stuart Hughes, the Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highway management, said: “People may be tempted, waking up on Friday morning morning, to think it’s business as usual and try to go about driving to work as normal. But they shouldn’t.

“The roads are snowy and icy, and until we’re out of this immediate cold snap, and until gritters and snow ploughs have had full chance to make the network safer to use, we’re advising to stay off the road.”

The Council, the Police and other partners, have been working through the night to attend to the road network.

“Although the immediacy of the situation was on Thursday, prolonged cold weather over night means that it’s still not safe to use the roads on Friday morning,” says Cllr Hughes.

“We ask people to heed the warnings, use their common sense, and make other arrangements in the morning.”

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