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Met Office issues new warning as ‘wintry mix’ brings in snow

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 21, 2013

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More snow, ice and freezing temperatures are set to bring further trouble in the Westcountry this week.

A fresh covering of snow is expected in some parts of Devon and Cornwall today as icy conditions continue to cause disruption on the roads.

Up to 5cm (2 inches) of snow could to fall on higher ground including Dartmoor and the Blackdown Hills, while a light dusting may affect any part of the region especially central and eastern areas.

Sub-zero temperatures were forecast overnight, leading to warnings of ice-covered roads and pavements this morning.

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The Exeter-based Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning telling people to “be aware” of ice today across the South West.

Met Office spokesman Helen Chivers warned the cold weather will continue throughout the week.

She said: “More cold, wintry weather is on the way this week, with further snow during the first part of the week. It’ll be a wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow.

“Temperatures will remain very cold – close to freezing across Devon and Cornwall. Overnight temperatures will be down to minus two in Plymouth and minus three in Exeter.”

“There is a risk of ice during the morning rush hour affecting roads and pavements. It could cause some travel disruption. People should be aware of the cold weather outside and be prepared.”

Hazardous driving conditions continued to affect a number of the region’s roads.

A number of drivers reportedly abandoned their cars on Dartmoor between Haytor and Widecombe-in-the-Moor. Road surfaces in the area were understood as being in poor conditions because of ice and snow.

A closed section of the A39 in Devon reopened yesterday after contractors managed to break through snowdrifts.

Gritters were out again overnight as temperatures fell to minus two degrees across parts of Devon on Sunday.

Cornwall Council said salt was spread on roads in northern, central and southern parts of the county.

The weather also disrupted train services with some trains replaced by buses. South West Trains continued to operate on a revised timetable due to the adverse conditions.

Freezing conditions have also prompted motoring organisations to issue warnings. Darron Burness, the AA’s head of special operations, said any fresh snow would add to already “treacherous” driving conditions.

Hundreds of schools closed in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall on Friday were expected to reopen today.

More than 260 volunteer snow wardens helped their local communities to minimise disruption elsewhere as part of Devon County Council’s “snow plan”.

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