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Gritters out on Devon’s roads this weekend as temperatures plummet

By e_glanfield  |  Posted: January 12, 2013

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Gritters will be out on Devon’s roads this weekend following forecasters’ predictions of freezing temperatures, icy conditions and possible snow.

Devon County Council’s gritters will be treating more than 2,000 miles of the region’s roads in the early hours of Sunday.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said motorists should be prepared for icy, and potentially hazardous conditions, particularly off the main precautionary salting routes.

He said: “Our teams are prepared and ready to respond. There is some uncertainty at this stage over how likely it is to snow but we will be monitoring the conditions. We can certainly expect temperatures to tumble over the next few days.

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“With roads remaining wet and possible water run-off from fields, particularly on more minor roads, I would urge everyone to be prepared for icy conditions on Sunday morning. Ice can form even form on treated roads, so do take care when travelling.”

The Met Office has put a yellow-graded weather warning of ice in place for Devon and Cornwall on both Saturday and Sunday.

Freezing temperatures are also set to continue into next week.

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;

• If you have vulnerable or elderly neighbours, check to see how they could possibly be helped through the cold spell

Click here to view a one-day or four-day weather forecast for North Devon.

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