Gritters heading out across the county

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Posted on: 28 November 2017

Gritters will be out across the county this evening with a forecast of widespread ice possibly affecting roads overnight and into tomorrow morning.

Road surface temperatures are expected to fall to the lowest of the season so far, dropping below zero countywide and reaching around -3C on Dartmoor and East Devon.

Devon County Council is advising people to take extra care as temperatures aren’t likely to rise until after 9am tomorrow morning, and icy patches may be a problem.

Devon’s 37 frontline gritters will be treating all of Devon’s primary salting routes this evening and most routes will be treated again in the early hours of the morning.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “Temperatures are getting lower and this could be the first real icy spell this winter, so people should be exceptionally careful when out and about. Untreated roads may well be icy with a freeze following the showers of rain that are expected, but even treated roads could see ice forming. Tomorrow morning’s commute could be particularly hazardous with road surface temperatures not getting above freezing until after the rush hour.”

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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