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Dangerous conditions on the roads as snow falls

Image from Devon County Council

Drivers are being warned to take extra care this morning

A Yellow Met Office weather warning for snow and ice remains in force until 11am and then there's another one tomorrow afternoon until Friday lunchtime.

The M5 in Somerset is closed northbound due to an accident and there's diversions from J24 - J23 via the A38 through Bridgwater.

There's also reports of snow on The A303 from A359 at Sparkford to A371 at Wincanton.

There has been reports of light snow across South Devon including Newton Abbot, Teignmouth and parts of Torquay.

The A30 is blocked westbound between Meldon and Sourton Down as two lorries are stuck in the snow.

Overnight there's been reports of snow settling in places like Dartmoor and Exmoor.

Emergency services say they've been in constant contact with each other - as they watch for possible disruption on the region's key routes.

Stay tuned to The Breeze for all the latest on the roads throughout this morning's rush hour.

A spokesman Devon County Council warned: "Although any snow is not expected to be widespread, the current forecast is that higher ground, such as Dartmoor and Exmoor, could face up to 5cm of snow. 

"The county council's gritters will be treating many of the main routes across the county overnight, with a widespread heavy frost and icy conditions expected tomorrow morning. 

"Untreated surfaces could be hazardous."

"Haldon and Telegraph Hills may see a small amount of snow.

The picture is still mixed for tomorrow but there's a high chance of heavy snow forecast in some parts of Somerset -  much of Devon is expecting heavy rain according to forecasters.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: "We would urge everyone to be prepared. 

"Our advice is to plan your journey, keep an eye on the weather forecast and please take extra care when travelling."

The County Council is reminding people of the following advice:

  • Avoid overnight travel unless absolutely essential as roads will always be more hazardous at night with less traffic and colder temperatures;
  • Never assume a road has been salted. Remember that showers or rain will wash salt off roads leaving them prone to ice, and in extreme cold even salting will not stop ice from forming;
  • Allow additional time for your journey and reduce your speed;
  • Drive with care and according to the conditions;
  • If you have vulnerable or elderly neighbours, think about how they could be helped through the cold spell;
  • Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18C, particularly if you are not mobile, have long term illness or are 65 or over;
  • Listen to local radio for updates on current weather conditions and ensure you are stocked with food and medications.

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