Gritters out in Devon tonight as temperature plummets
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.
You may also want to watch:
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.
- 1 'ThINK it through before you tattoo' urges council
- 2 Small-time drug dealer 'caught red-handed'
- 3 Ilfracombe man, 64, must pay compensation for baseball bat attack
- 4 Prime minister to give green light for May 17 Covid-19 lockdown easing
- 5 Conservatives maintain control of Devon County Council despite losses
- 6 North Devon sign West Indian pace bowler
- 7 County Council Elections: Candidates for Torridge
- 8 County Council Elections: Candidates for North Devon
- 9 Police appeal after Barnstaple brawl
- 10 Devon County Council Elections: Candidate lists for North Devon and Torridge
“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.