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Residents in Devon are being warned of the potential of snow and ice this weekend

photo by Rob Jinman

Posted on: 3 February 2012

Although low temperatures will again feature this evening, as they have throughout this week, conditions are expected to change tomorrow morning.

Road surface temperatures will be around -10 in parts of the county overnight and Devon County Council’s gritters are out treating the main roads this afternoon and again at 4am. Saturday will see temperatures rising but there is a possibility of widespread rain and sleet, with snow on high ground, from around 9am onwards. That may then freeze overnight on Sunday and ice is likely across the county.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said:

“The main salting network has been regularly gritted over the past week so that should help us deal with any potential snowfall over the weekend. Whether we get rain or snow, the chances are that it will freeze, so icy patches may be a problem, both on the salting network and on untreated roads. I would urge drivers to take extreme caution when travelling. It’s also worth avoiding using water to de-ice cars, wherever possible, as it will freeze on the driveway or on the public highway which can pose a hazard to themselves and others.”

Motorists are reminded of the following advice:

• 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;
• Listen to local radio for updates on current weather conditions.

For more information and travel advice visit Devon County Council’s winter travel page online.

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