Heavy snow (Sunday 18 March PM) only travel if absolutely necessary

Posted on: 18 March 2018

Driving conditions across Devon (Sunday 18 March) are worsening this afternoon and motorists are advised to travel only if it’s necessary.

There have been multiple reports of drivers becoming stuck and more snow is expected this afternoon and into the evening

Snow is now seriously affecting travel in Exeter, South and East Devon with the following roads affect by collisions:  A358 north of Axminster, A3052 various incl Halfway House, A380 – 16 vehicle collisions on Northbound at Ideford dip and A381 Totnes Road.

The A39 Lynmouth to Porlock is closed.

Snow is expected to continue into Monday early hours and may affect travel on Monday morning in places.

Police are closing A380 between Splatford to Weare Barton so they can focus on keeping A38 running. A38 closed to HGVs by police.

General advice is:

  • 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. NHS Choices has more information on staying healthy during cold weather;
  • Listen to local radio for updates on current weather conditions and ensure you are stocked with food and medications
  • Check out any school closures and sign up for alerts for any school by clicking on ‘Alert Me’.

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