Temperatures to plummet this evening (March 19) – motorists advised not to travel

Posted on: 19 March 2018

Motorists are advised not to travel this evening (Monday March 19) – from 7pm – 9pm temperatures will begin to drop, and they may go as low as -9 in some areas.

This will mean that the thawed snow will quickly turn to ice.

Highways teams have successfully broken through the snowdrifts to Lynton and Lynmouth – but drivers are warned to drive with extreme caution in the area.

The roads are still tricky in places and problems with drifting snow continue in the north Devon and Exmoor areas.

Drifting snow is also affecting roads across Dartmoor and drivers are advised to avoid using these routes tomorrow as teams continue to clear the roads.

The major commuter route St Marychurch Road from Penn Inn to Watcombe is closed due to drifting snow and won’t be open tomorrow – please use A380 instead.

The Met Office has forecast temperatures dropping (from about 7pm-9pm) tonight (Monday March 19) to as low as -9 in some areas – please DO NOT travel after dark.

The roads are currently slushy and will be dangerous – we are treating the roads but even treated roads may be difficult to drive on so please stay safe.

As we enter the morning (Tuesday March 20) roads will still be icy and travel with extreme caution and drive very slowly – pavements also icy so take care.

Our teams will continue to work to clear routes and reach isolated communities.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highway Management said:

“Our advice is to avoid travel tonight if you can. If you must travel, please do so with extreme care and expect longer journey times and disruption. Many of the major roads are passable with care, but a lot of the minor roads in Devon this morning are impassable and will remain so until we are able to divert resources from the priority road network. Road temperatures, while rising a little today, will drop again tonight which may lead to icy conditions and black ice forming especially where snow has melted. Driving conditions will be difficult again overnight and into tomorrow morning.”

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