A weather warning of snow currently in place for North Devon on Friday has been upgraded by the Met Office.
The weather warning, which warns of snow and ice in Devon for the majority of Friday, has been upgraded to amber-severity for parts of North Devon.
Areas including Barnstaple, Lynton, Lynmouth, Combe Martin and the A361 North Devon Link Road are all on an ‘amber’ alert for snow tomorrow, which warns residents to ‘be prepared’.
Areas in the Torridge district remain on a yellow-graded snow warning, which is the lowest-kind issued by the Met Office and urges residents to ‘be aware’.
The upgraded warning is in place from 1am on Friday until 11.55pm and comes as forecasters predict ‘blizzard’ conditions are possible on high ground.
The Met Office said a frontal system, which is expected to move across southern, western and central areas of the UK during Friday, could see rain turning to snow in many areas of the Westcountry.
A Met Office forecaster said: “A band of heavy sleet and snow will spread north-eastwards across Wales and the south-western half of England.
“Winds will strengthen, leading to drifting of lying snow, whilst blizzards are likely over high ground. The snow will turn to rain and sleet across South West England through the day.
“Accumulations of snow will be very variable in the east, with 2-5 cm in places and possibly 10 cm above 200 metres, whilst heavier falls are expected across southern, central and western areas, with 10-15 cm or more possible in some areas.
“The public should be aware of the risk of significant travel disruption.”
Devon County Council confirmed its gritters would be out treating the roads throughout Friday and the weekend.
The council is urging residents and motorists to be prepared for disruption caused by adverse weather on Friday and Saturday.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “I would urge everyone to take extra care on the county’s roads and footways.
“Our highways teams are prepared for the possibility of snow and ice and gritters will be responding as required to treat our precautionary salting routes. Every effort is always made to keep highways as clear as possible and keep Devon moving, however people are travelling.
“The combination of rain, sleet or snow, and freezing temperatures could make travelling conditions hazardous, particularly on more minor roads.
“At this stage we would urge everyone to be aware, keep an eye on the forecast and be prepared if you are travelling. And remember that ice can even form on roads which have been treated."
Devon County Council, Highways Agency and Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed they would be on alert to respond should conditions worsen.
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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