Drivers in Devon and Cornwall are being urged to drive “with care” as temperatures drop and roads become “extremely icy”.

Devon County Council (DCC) Highways tweeted advising motorists that road surface temperatures were now below zero degrees, with several crashes already being reported on roads around the region.

It is advised that road users should also allow extra time for journeys and drive carefully, especially on untreated roads.

The message comes hours after the Met Office updated a yellow severe weather warning for snow and ice across the region. It became active at 5pm today and is due to last until 11.59pm tomorrow.

The tweet from DCC reads: “The majority of road surface temperatures are now below zero and our roads are becoming extremely icy.

“Drive with care and consideration at all times, drive to the weather conditions, especially on untreated roads and allow extra time for your journey.”

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has also issued a warning to motorists to consider whether their journey is absolutely necessary given the weather conditions and coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

“Before setting out over the next few days, ask yourself if your journey is absolutely essential and within lockdown guidelines,” the tweet says.

The Exeter-based Met Office said in a message attached to its weather warning: “Icy stretches are likely to form perhaps leading to some disruption to travel with snow falling for some places.”

People have been told to expect the following:

  • Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces.
  • Probably some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.
  • Some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.

Met Office weather forecast for South West England

This evening and tonight

A clear evening turns cloudy as further wintry precipitation moves in. Widespread frost is likely, and a risk of ice in the northwest of the region, particularly where rain falls onto frozen surfaces. Minimum temperature -4°C.

Friday

Lingering fog possible. Outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow linger around coastal areas and Bristol during the morning, but turns widespread into the afternoon. Remaining cold and turning icy overnight. Maximum temperature 4°C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday

A frosty and foggy start Saturday, clearing to give sunny spells. Cloudier into Sunday, with outbreaks of drizzle. Turning more unsettled into Monday afternoon, with stronger winds and occasional rain.





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