Snow front reaches Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 10:14 03 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:24 10 June 2010

MOTORISTS are warned to take care on Exmouth's roads with the snowy weather expected to continue.

MOTORISTS are warned to take care on Exmouth's roads with the snowy weather expected to continue.

Some roads were closed yesterday but East Devon has fared the weather relatively well with few accidents reported on the roads.

However, the Met office has warned motorists to expect worsening weather in the next day, the southwest, along with roads close to the south coast, could also see some heavy hail or snow showers during the day.

They won't affect all routes, but locally could result in dangerous driving conditions.

Some hail, sleet or snow showers will last into the night in the south, particularly close to the English Channel.

The A3052 Sidmouth road and the A377 at Lapford Cross were closed due to icy conditions.

Exmouth fire fighters were sent to the A35, in Axminster, to attend to a road traffic accident with a person trapped yesterday (Monday) just before 11am.

Two vehicles were involved in the collision with one woman rescued by the Fire Service using hydraulic rescue equipment and was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Devon and Cornwall Police, meanwhile, have urged motorists only to travel if absolutely necessary.

The Highways Agency said travel over higher grounds such as the A30 over Bodmin and Dartmoor should be avoided as significant snow expected later tonight and tomorrow (Wednesday) morning may accumulate very rapidly with the potential to strand vehicles.

The Highways Agency had the gritters out on all the major roads in a bid to reduce accidents.

Exeter-based airline Flybe was forced to cancel several flights around the country, although Exeter International Airport was not affected.

A spokeswoman said passenger information was continually being updated on the airline's website.

Highways Agency advice to drivers:

* Before you set out, check local and national weather forecasts.

* Listen to travel bulletins on the radio.

* Be equipped with warm clothes, food, water, boots, a torch and spade.

Up-to-date information on road conditions on England's motorways and trunk roads is available on the Agency website by calling (08457)504030.

For information on weather conditions, visit the Met Office website http://www.metoffice.gov.uk or listen to the Highways Agency's Traffic Radio service on DAB or http://www.trafficradio.org.uk/

* If you have any pictures, videos or stories of the snowy weather please send them to devon.photographic@arcahnt.co.uk

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