RESIDENTS in Teignbridge are being urged to prepare for the possibility of snow.

The Met Office has issued a Yellow Warning of snow and ice conditions for today (Tuesday) which could cause travel disruption.

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.

Haldon and Telegraph Hills may see a small amount of snow, some of which could affect tomorrow’s (wed) rush hour.

Road surface temperatures will be close to zero in most of the county overnight, but they are set to fall below freezing in East Devon, Mid Devon and Dartmoor.

Devon 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.

Devon County Council, Highways England and Devon and Cornwall Police have been liaising closely and multi-agency conferences have been held to ensure that the Haldon/Telegraph Hill Plan is ready to be activated if needed.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highway management, said: ‘There is a risk of snow this week, with the first spell of wintry showers expected from tomorrow afternoon, so 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 council’s advice is to:

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 journeys and reduce speed;

Drive with care and according to the conditions;

Check on elderly or vulnerable neighbours

Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18 degrees C, particularly if not mobile, have long term illness or are 65 or over;

Listen to local radio for updates on current weather conditions and keep stocked with food and medications.

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