Snow brings some problems for North Devon

Joseph Bulmer

Some schools and roads are closed following the overnight snowfall across many parts of the region

SNOW and ice has once again brought disruption to parts of North Devon this morning (Friday.)

Most parts saw at least a centimetre or two of snow, with higher ground once again getting the worse of the weather, leading to some road and school closures.

The North Devon Link Road was closed after a steep part near Tiverton was made impassable by snow and ice but it is now reported to be open again.

The B3232 from Barnstaple to Torrington is still listed as closed in both directions.

Chulmleigh Community College, Parracombe and Kentisbury primary schools are all closed, but Lynton will remain open and children who normally attend Parracombe or Kentisbury can go to Lynton instead if the roads are clear.

Police said there had been localised reports of vehicles experiencing difficulty but the main roads were passable with care.

But they said some motorists were still driving too fast for the conditions:

“We are asking the public to ensure that they take extra care and allow more time for their journeys,” said a spokesman.

“If possible the public should consider delaying their journey particularly if their journey is not essential.”

Emergency services were called to a road traffic collision on the A39 between Barnstaple and Bideford after a single black VW Golf left the road just before 4am. It is not known is the incident was related to weather conditions.

The driver, thought to be from Bideford, was the only occupant of the car and was treated by South Western Ambulance Service before being taken to hospital, but he was not thought to have suffered serious injuries. Fire fighters made the vehicle safe.

The Met Office has warned snow showers are likely to continue through today, tonight and tomorrow, some heavier and more persistent in places.