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Will North Devon actually see snow this week?

PUBLISHED: 14:10 07 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:47 07 December 2017

Snow in North Devon, January 23, 2013.

Snow in North Devon, January 23, 2013.


The Met Office is warning of snow and ice in North Devon tomorrow and Saturday, but how likely is it that we will actually see some snow?

Will it actually snow in North Devon this week? It’s the question on everyone’s lips.

A yellow weather warning is in place for the region tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday, but many remain sceptical as to whether we’ll see any of the white stuff.

Despite the slightly milder weather today, temperatures are set to drop overnight as Storm Caroline hits the UK.

And while Scotland is facing the prospect of up to 20cm, the Met Office says North Devon could see patchy snow.

Will North Devon get snow? Will North Devon get snow?

The latest forecasts show up to 2cm falling across North Devon, and up to 5cm on higher ground.

Devon’s gritters will be out in force this evening and overnight with the possibility of snow showers and icy conditions forecast.

There is a chance of up to 5cm of snow on higher ground, and the County Council’s 37 frontline gritters will be treating all of Devon’s main salting routes.

In some cases they will be carrying out repeated treatments, some of them up to three times on routes covering Dartmoor and Exmoor, which will be salted at around 6pm, midnight and 5am.

Road surface temperatures won’t be as low as in recent cold spells, but they will be sub-zero in large parts of the county. However, the mix of wintry showers and freezing roads could create a number of potential hazards including icy roads.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, DCC member for highway management, said: “Our winter service teams are preparing as they normally would to deal with this latest cold spell, which could last for a few days now.

“While there may be a chance of snow showers overnight and throughout tomorrow, ice could well be a bigger problem if rain, sleet or snow falls onto freezing roads.

“Our teams will be out in difficult conditions, treating our main gritting routes to keep Devon moving. They can’t grit every road, and minor roads could be hazardous.

“It’s worth remembering that ice can even form on treated roads, so please do take extra care when driving tomorrow.

“Devon’s army of Snow Warden volunteers should be aware of the potential for some snow to lay on higher ground over the next 36 hours, but should also be prepared for a period of cold weather with the potential for ice and possibly further snow at times.”

A chief forecaster for the Met Office said: “During winter weather which brings snow showers, it is not uncommon for snow amounts to vary considerably across short distances.

“On Friday and Saturday, the snow showers could lead to snow accumulations which vary markedly across the warning area.

“Strong northwest winds may cause drifting of the snow in places with blizzard conditions possible across northern Scotland.”

The last time North Devon saw a proper coating of snow was in 2010.

We’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for a dusting of snow - if you spot any, make sure you let us know by emailing

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