Gritters out in Devon tonight as temperature plummets

Joseph Bulmer

Council lorries out to combat predicted cold snap

GRITTING lorries will be out in force across Devon this evening (Thursday) as temperatures are forecast to drop below freezing.

Devon County Council is alerting road users to the potential of overnight frost, with the lowest road surface temperatures expected in North and North West Devon, at around -1 C.

Most of the county will experience temperatures below zero.

Around 1,700 miles of the main salting network will be treated by gritters on Devon’s major roads from 11pm tonight. Conditions will then be monitored in the morning as temperatures are anticipated to stay below zero during tomorrow’s rush hour and frost is possible.

Although the cold spell is forecast to last into the weekend, there is currently only a low risk of ice and daytime temperatures are expected to rise sharply so it is not currently anticipated that the snow wardens in more than 240 of Devon’s towns and parishes will receive alerts.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “Road surface temperatures will be dropping below freezing and road users need to be aware that temperatures won’t rise until after 9am, so it’s important that everyone takes care during tomorrow’s rush hour.

“We are regularly monitoring the forecast and our teams are prepared to respond.”

Temperatures are continuing to remain milder than the average for this time of year. So far this winter around 2,400 tonnes of salt have been used on the county’s roads.