Devon on alert as snow is forecast for Friday

15:23 16 January 2013

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Road temperatures in the region could reach as low as -4 as cold weather hits the region.

DEVON is preparing for the possibility of snow and ice on Friday as a wave of cold weather is forecast.

Early forecasts suggest that there is a threat of rain moving in from the South West overnight on Thursday, possibly turning to wintry showers as it hits colder air.

A yellow weather warning currently covers much of the county for the duration of Friday.

Road surface temperatures could drop to -4, and motorists are being urged to be aware of ice.

Higher ground in East Devon, Dartmoor and Exmoor could be worst affected with the risk of between 5cm and 10cm of snow.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s 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.”

More than 260 snow wardens volunteering across the county will remain on alert.

Devon County Council, Highways Agency and Devon and Cornwall Police are issuing 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, think about how they could possibly be helped through the cold spell.

For more information and travel advice visit: www.devon.gov.uk/winter_travel

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