Gritters expect ‘challenging conditions’ as they head out onto Devon’s roads

PUBLISHED: 17:26 22 January 2019 | UPDATED: 17:39 22 January 2019

Gritting lorries will be out in force across Devon tonight (Thursday).

Gritting lorries will be out in force across Devon tonight (Thursday).

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Gritter teams are expecting challenging conditions as they head out onto the roads this evening (Tuesday)

Devon County Council said temperatures could dip below -2C during the evening which could create icy conditions overnight and into tomorrow morning.

Gritters headed out to Dartmoor early this afternoon, but a DCC spokesman said all of Devon’s main salting routes will receive multiple treatments this evening and into the early hours.

The council also issued advice to drivers to avoid overnight travel unless absolutely essential and when driving to allow additional time for your journey and reduce your speed.

With a cold snap expected the council asked the public to think about vulnerable or elderly neighbours and how they could be helped through the cold spell and when in doors to maintain temperatures to at least 18C.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highway management, said: “We’ve seen a sprinkling of snow on Dartmoor today and while conditions may vary across the county over the next 24 hours there is the possibility of more wintry showers overnight and freezing road surface temperatures. Our gritting teams will be carrying out multiple treatments on all of our main routes, but untreated roads could be icy, and remember that ice can still form on treated surfaces. We would urge motorists to take extra care.”

Further advice reminded motorists to never assume a road has been salted as rain can wash salt off roads, and in extreme cold even salting will not stop ice from forming.

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