WARNING: Ice on Devon’s roads each night this weekend

PUBLISHED: 15:24 05 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:24 05 January 2018

Prepare for ice

Prepare for ice

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Freezing conditions are forecast across the county and road surface temperatures are expected to plummet to as low -2C from tonight. Devon County Council’s warned of overnight freezing conditions on Friday, January 5, and also on Saturday and Sunday nights (January 6 and 7).

Road users are being warned that widespread ice could affect the county’s roads over the next three nights.

Freezing conditions are again forecast across the county and road surface temperatures are expected to plummet to as low -2C from tonight – Friday, January 5.

Devon County Council is advising people countywide to take extra care as icy patches may be a problem in areas of the county affected by water run-off, particularly on minor roads, following recent rainfall. The worst conditions are expected to occur overnight and in remote areas such as the moors.

The cold spell will take place over night on Friday, January 5 and is expected to reoccur on Saturday and Sunday nights (January 6 and 7) with overnight temperatures not expected to rise above freezing until around 9am on Saturday morning.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highway management, said: “Over the last week rainfall has been quite heavy and with the freezing temperatures conditions on the roads could be treacherous.

“Following the wet weather we’ve experienced ice could form during every night this weekend, particularly on untreated roads. Ice can form even form on treated roads, so I would remind people to take extreme care when travelling and avoid overnight travel if at all possible.”

The County Council is reminding people of the following advice:

• 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;

• Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18C, particularly if you are not mobile, have long term illness or are 65 or over;

• Listen to local radio for updates on current weather conditions and ensure you are stocked with food and medications.

For more information and travel advice from Devon County Council visit: www.devon.gov.uk/winter_travel or for updates on Twitter follow @DevonAlert

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