Road users urged to take extra care in freezing conditions

Gritters on Dartmoor

Posted on: 8 December 2017

Devon County Council is warning of the possibility of icy roads and is urging people to take extra care if travelling overnight or tomorrow.

Freezing conditions are set to continue overnight, with road surface temperatures dropping to as low as -5C in some parts of the county. They could stay below zero until around 10am tomorrow.

Devon’s gritters are again carrying out repeated treatments on Devon’s main salting routes this afternoon and into the early hours. This covers around 20% of the county’s 8,000 mile network which means that many roads will not be treated. Conditions will also be monitored by the Council Council into tomorrow morning to see if additional treatments will be needed on the salting network.

While Sunday is expected to be warmer, with wet and windy conditions, the County Council is monitoring forecasts of the chance of wintry showers on Monday morning.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “With such cold road surface temperatures lasting until tomorrow morning, people could come across icy conditions. We would urge everyone to take extra care when out and about. Gritters will be out on all routes again but please be aware that any route could potentially be hazardous, even treated roads. Although Sunday is expected to be wet and windy, we’re keeping a watching brief on the potential for wintry weather on Monday which we’re actively monitoring with our partner agencies.”

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 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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