Snow continues to disrupt North Devon
As major routes reopened, drivers warned to beware tonight’s big freeze
SNOW has continued to cause problems on higher ground in North Devon, with Devon County Council gritters and snow plough crews working throughout the night.
Huge snow drifts have hit the Blackmoor Gate, Parracombe and Challacombe areas, with problems also reported on the higher ground of South Molton and on Exmoor.
The A39 at County Gate on the Somerset border has been closed due to snow and problems have been reported in Countisbury above Lynmouth.
Drifting snow is reported on a stretch of the A361 North Devon Link Road at Rackenford, while the road near Junction 27 of the M5 heading towards Gornhay was down to one lane after an HGV lorry broke down
The council has said the majority of treated routes are passable with care today and where possible, gritters are now concentrating on salting secondary routes.
Smaller side roads leading to some isolated homes and communities are still all but impassable, with drifts many feet high piling up in gateways and continuing to blow across roads.
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Most of North Devon schools are apparently open, with Kentisbury Primary school due to open this morning (Thursday) at 10am. Marwood School is also open but Parracombe is closed, although parents were advised to take children to Kentisbury instead.
A number of school bus routes were disrupted this morning, including Ilfracombe, Holsworthy and Chulmleigh.
“Although most major roads are clear, conditions are still treacherous, particularly on roads which haven’t been salted,” said Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation.
“We’re lucky to have such dedicated staff to help us keep Devon moving during this cold spell.”
Widespread icy conditions have been forecast for tonight, with a heavy frost and temperatures well below zero.
Motorists have been advised not to travel unless essential, but to drive according to the conditions if they do.
A full list of route delays and cancellations and schools closures can be found by logging on to www.devonschoolclosures.info
For more information and travel advice visit: www.devon.gov.uk/winter_travel