Devon’s gritter drivers are carrying out multiple treatments on the county’s main routes as freezing conditions are set to continue.
Teams are already out on roads in East and Mid Devon, while the majority of gritters will be heading out on Devon’s precautionary salting routes from 5pm onwards and again at 2am. The busiest cycle routes in Exeter will also be treated from 7pm tonight.
The Met Office has issued a Yellow Weather Warning for ice from 3pm this afternoon until 3am tomorrow and there’s also a chance of snow flurries. The UK Health Security Agency has also upgraded its cold weather alert to amber in the south west until midday on Friday (12 January).
It is forecast to be a countywide freeze tonight, with road surface temperatures expected to fall below -4 C across some areas and not rise above zero until after the morning peak traffic times.
“Temperatures are tumbling and road surfaces will be below zero across the county tonight. With the freezing conditions set to stay with us throughout this week there is likely to be an ongoing risk of icy patches. Our fleet of gritters will be carrying out multiple treatments this afternoon and overnight, but please remember that minor routes off the gritting network could be hazardous. However, whether a road has been treated or not, there is a possibility it could be icy. I would urge everyone to take extra care and allow plenty of time for your journey.”