Exmouth continues to shiver in the snow

PUBLISHED: 20:02 02 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:35 04 March 2018

Exmouth still has snow tonight (Friday, March 2). This may thaw overnight, with the danger of ice on pavements and roads. Picture: Paul Strange.

Exmouth still has snow tonight (Friday, March 2). This may thaw overnight, with the danger of ice on pavements and roads. Picture: Paul Strange.

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Exmouth has continued to be in the grip of Storm Emma, and the town still has snow lying across it this evening (Friday, March 2).

Strong winds have whipped up snow on to cars in the side streets in Exmouth. Picture: Paul Strange.Strong winds have whipped up snow on to cars in the side streets in Exmouth. Picture: Paul Strange.

But although temperatures are expected to rise overnight – possibly as high as 5 degrees C – there are now warnings about ice on pavements and side roads.

The south west – much of which had been on a red alert from the Met Office in the past two days – has been downgraded to a yellow alert.

Tomorrow morning (Saturday, March 3), the Met Office is warning of icy patches on untreated surfaces.

As a result, driving conditions may become difficult and there is an increased chance of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces.

Exmouth in the snow. Picture: Paul Strange.Exmouth in the snow. Picture: Paul Strange.

Temperatures are likely to increase on Sunday (March 4), possibly as high as 8 degrees C, with light showers and even some sunshine predicted.

Tomorrow will be the third day that Exmouth has battled with inclement weather.

Snow first arrived on the morning of Thursday, March 1, and by mid-afternoon it was sweeping heavily in to the town. Winds whipped it into small drifts, and it started to bury some cars.

Driving became difficult on the town’s side roads, especially around the hills of Brixington, with reports of some cars being abandoned.

Some pedestrians were also walking in the streets – rather than attempting the slippery pavements – which was causing problems for drivers.

Today (Friday, March 2), very little traffic has moved around the town, as people took heed of the police advice not to drive unless absolutely necessary.

Up in Brixington, a number of cars remained abandoned, with only 4x4s able to traverse the steep hills. A strong community spirit has been in evidence, with neighbours dropping in to see older residents, to ensure that they are OK in the cold weather.

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