Drivers warned not to travel tomorrow morning as more snow expected

Drivers in Devon are being warned not to drive tomorrow morning unless it is essential.

Heavy snow has caused traffic disruption in parts of the county earlier this afternoon and this evening.

The A380 is closed at Ideford Dip due to a vehicle blocking the road, and the A38 Telegraph Hill has been blocked by stationary traffic but work is underway to reopen the A38 and free south bound traffic from the M5.

The A379 at Peamore near Exeter was blocked by a jack-knifed lorry, the B3192 is closed near the Teignmouth Hill area due to an overturned vehicle and other abandoned vehicles blocking the road, and the A3079 was closed at Tanners Hill near Okehampton. There are also abandoned cars on the A377 at Copplestone and cars stuck on the A386 at Hatherleigh.

The scene on Haldon Hill
The scene on Haldon Hill

 

A number of vehicles were stranded on the A39 near Hartland earlier and pupils travelling in a school bus which had got stuck had to take refuge in a local pub. This has now been cleared, the road reopened and all pupils have headed home.

Gritters, ploughs and other extra resources have been deployed to keep routes clear – including to the A39, the Blackdown Hills, and A361 North Devon Link Road. Snow response plans are also still in effect at Haldon/Telegraph Hill and the North Devon Link Road.

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Snow in Devon

A yellow weather warning of snow remains in place overnight.

The warning lasts up to 1pm on Friday and reads: “Areas of snow are expected Thursday onwards into early Friday. Snow will slowly fade away during Friday. Close to the south coast of England some rain is also expected.

“Any single period of snow is not expected to last more than 6 to 9 hours but some snow accumulations are likely with 1-3 cm likely in places within the warning area and the potential for 5-10 cm, perhaps particularly over Wales and southwest England. Snow amounts will vary markedly across England and Wales with many places seeing very little accumulating snow, more so in East Anglia and the Midlands. Even where snow does not fall icy stretches are still to be expected.”

A yellow weather warning is also in place

Concerns remain over the prospect of disruption on high ground as snow flurries are possible through the night. Road surface temperatures are expected to fall away further bringing a risk of ice on untreated roads.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “The amount of snow that has fallen in a short space of time has caused disruption in some parts of the county, and unfortunately some people have been caught out by the conditions while others have been caught up behind vehicles that have got stuck.

“We may still get more snow overnight and conditions will be icy so if you don’t need to venture out tomorrow then please avoid doing so. If you have to travel please take extra care. The risk of hazardous conditions will remain tomorrow morning while our teams continue to work hard to re-open routes and treat our main gritting routes.”

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