A weather warning of snow in place for North Devon today has been upgraded to amber by the Met Office.
The upgraded warning, which has also been extended to last until 9am on Wednesday, comes as forecasters warn up to 10cm is possible in areas across the region.
Areas included in the amber-graded warning, which warns residents and motorists to ‘be prepared’ for snow, are Barnstaple, Lynton, Lynmouth, Combe Martin, Exmoor, the A361 North Devon Link Road and sections of the A377.
A yellow-graded snow weather warning, the lowest kind, remains in place for the Torridge area and West Devon.
A forecaster at the Met Office said: “Outbreaks of sleet or snow will affect parts of South West England and South Wales during Tuesday, extending to other parts of southern England and the south Midlands later.
“Where rain or sleet is currently falling, this is expected to turn increasingly to snow during this afternoon and evening, even at low levels.
“Some 2-5 cm of snow is likely in places with 10cm or more within the amber warning area and on high ground.
“This could be locally heavy and fall in a short period of time, perhaps just a few hours.
“The risk extends towards the northeast of the warning area later in the period and persists overnight.
“The public should be aware of possible disruption to transport.”
An ice warning is also in place for Devon and Cornwall until 11am on Wednesday.
Forecasters are predicting outbreaks of sleet and snow which, as temperatures fall, will lead to icy stretches on many untreated roads.
Devon County Council is warning motorists of “challenging” conditions over the next 24 hours and advising people to delay non-essential journeys.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “The mix of rain, sleet and snow is making it difficult for our highways teams and travelling conditions could become hazardous, particularly during rush hour this evening and tomorrow morning.
“Even though temperatures may not be as low as we’ve had recently, everyone should be prepared for the possibility of travel disruption and plan their journey accordingly.
“Please keep an eye on the forecast, be alert to the conditions and allow extra time for your journey, and avoid unnecessary travel this evening.”
Gritters are currently working to grit around 1,700 miles of the region’s roads and are set to carry out further salting at 4pm, 9pm and 3am.
What does an amber warning of snow mean? (via Met Office):
During amber warnings be prepared to change your plans. Be prepared for:
- More widespread snow lying on roads and pavements with a number of road closures.
- Localised disruption to road, rail and air transport with difficult driving conditions likely. Journeys through affected areas may take longer than usual.
- Taking extra care when walking, cycling or driving in affected areas.
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