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Gritters continue to salt Devon's roads as region prepares for icy night

By e_glanfield  |  Posted: January 23, 2013

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Gritters are continuing to salt Devon’s roads this afternoon in an attempt to keep all main routes open and passable.

Devon County Council’s gritting trucks will continue spreading into this evening and throughout the night as forecasters warn of continued snow fall and sub-zero temperatures.

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The most significant amounts of snow overnight fell in North and East Devon as well as on higher ground in Okehampton, Dartmoor and Exmoor. Areas north of Barnstaple, including Mullacott Cross, Ilfracombe and Lynton have suffered some of the heaviest snowfall in the county.

The A361 North Devon Link Road was closed for a short time last night and lorries had to be stacked briefly at Bolham, as part of the snow plan for the Link Road.

The council said additional gritting treatments were targeted at Aller Cross and Barnstaple this morning and ploughs, diggers and snow blowers are continuing to be used in North Devon and on Exmoor at Brendon Common and County Gate.

Devon’s fleet of gritters will be treating 1,700 miles of the county’s roads from around 6pm this evening and again at 3am before returning to salt the secondary roads tomorrow morning.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “Gritting teams have been working constantly throughout last night and this morning to keep roads as clear as possible and they will be continuing their efforts overnight. There have been isolated pockets of disruption where the snow has been heaviest but highways teams are working as hard as possible to keep Devon moving.

“We would urge people to continue to keep an eye on the forecast, be alert to the conditions and take extreme care. Road temperatures across the county are set to fall below freezing tonight, so roads may become icy, particularly off the treated network. Please allow extra time for your journey, and avoid unnecessary travel this evening.”

Devon County Council, the Highways Agency, and Devon and Cornwall Police are advising drivers to continue to check the weather forecast and road conditions before they set out.

Summary of weather warnings in place for North Devon:

- Snow weather warning in place until 9pm tonight

- Ice weather warning in place until 11am on Thursday

- Rain weather warnings issued for Friday and Sunday

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Has your journey been affected by snow or a road closure? Let us know. Email emma.glanfield@localworld.co.uk or send us a message on Twitter: @ThisisNDevon.

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