Gritters head out to treat North Devon’s roads ahead of icy night

PUBLISHED: 16:23 29 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:45 29 November 2017

Gritting lorries will be out in force across Devon tonight.

Gritting lorries will be out in force across Devon tonight.

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Temperatures could drop as low as -4’C in North Devon as Met Office warns of icy patches on the roads overnight and tomorrow (Thursday) morning.

Gritters will be out in force on the roads tonight (Wednesday) as the region prepares for icy temperatures.

Earlier we reported the Met Office has issued a weather warning for ice from 6pm with a small chance of snow on higher ground.

Devon County Council has confirmed it will be sending its 37 frontline gritters out to salt the region’s roads.

On Twitter Hugh Griffith, Highways operations control manager, said: “Another cold night with the risk of some showers especially in the West of the County.

“We are treating all our routes and the majority will be retreated again in the early hours prior to the morning rush hour.

“Always take great care even on what you think are treated surfaces.”

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;

Overnight temperatures could get as low as -4’C in some parts of the UK.

Check back for the latest weather updates as we have them. If you spot snow, email us your photos to newsdesk@northdevongazette.co.uk.

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