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Gritters out on Devon’s roads again as temperatures drop to -4C

By e_glanfield  |  Posted: December 05, 2012

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Gritting trucks will be out on Devon’s roads again tonight as forecasters predict temperatures could drop to around -4C.

Devon County Council’s gritters have been salting the region’s roads this afternoon ahead of tonight’s sub-zero temperatures and will be out on the roads again from 6pm until 9pm.

With widespread ice and frost likely throughout the night, the gritters will also go out again at around 4am.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, warned motorists of hazardous driving conditions due to icy road surfaces.

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He said: “Tonight’s temperatures will be among the coldest we’ve had so far this winter. Roads are still wet and there is standing water and water run-off from fields, particularly on more minor roads, which could lead to icy patches overnight and tomorrow morning.

“Motorists should remember that ice may even form on treated roads, so I would urge everyone to take care if they are travelling, particularly overnight.”

Road surface temperatures are expected to drop below freezing across the county, with temperatures in East Devon expected to reach -4C overnight.

Devon County Council has issued 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

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