The ‘Beast from the East’ hits North Devon - and more snow could be on its way

The snow in Barnstaple this morning (Tuesday).
The snow in Barnstaple this morning (Tuesday).

Areas of North Devon woke up to a winter wonderland this morning (Tuesday) after it snowed overnight.

Barnstaple and Bideford saw a good dusting of snow, but there was none reported in South Molton, Torrington, or further afield.

Gritters have been working overtime during the night, and while many main roads in Barnstaple are clear, untreated roads remain icy.

And gritters are currently out treated the A39 between Roundswell and Bideford this morning.

Devon Highways reported the lowest road temperature of the night so far in areas of the county at -7.7’C.

Bus service delays

There are some delays to travel in North Devon due to the snowfall.

Stagecoach South West has reported the number 10 will not run up Lethaby Road due to ‘icy conditions’.

The 155 Barnstaple service will also not be serving Poltimore Road for the same reason.

Other bus services are running late due to heavy traffic.

The snow in Barnstaple on Tuesday morning. The snow in Barnstaple on Tuesday morning.

Weather warnings

Though it’s starting to thaw with as the sunlight hits, this might not be the last of the snow for North Devon.

Yellow weather warnings are in place across the region from Thursday to Saturday, with a warning for wind and snow.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: “There is potential for a spell of heavy snow, accompanied by strong winds, to move slowly north through Thursday afternoon and night.

“There is a small chance that long delays and cancellations on bus, rail and air travel could occur.

“There is a slight chance that roads may become blocked by deep snow, with stranded vehicles and passengers.

The snow in Barnstaple this morning (Tuesday). The snow in Barnstaple this morning (Tuesday).

“There is a small chance that long interruptions to power supplies and other services such as telephones, may occur.”

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The snow in Barnstaple this morning (Tuesday). The snow in Barnstaple this morning (Tuesday).

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