HUNDREDS of commuters stayed at home today as the second snow storm this month dosed out more paralysis across Teignbridge.

They took one glimpse of the blanket covering of snow outside before heeding police advice not to venture forth unless ’absolutely necessary.’

The weekend wipe-out meant disruption was kept to a minimum with this morning’s rush-hour expected to be noticeably slower and quieter.

Essential services struggled to keep on top of the winter’s last-gasp onslaught, with fleets of 4x4 vehicles being utilised once again with volunteer drivers repeating their hospital help heroics of a fortnight ago.

The most dramatic episode was on the A30 where a complete shutdown of a 60-mile section of the blizzard-blocked Exeter to Bodmin road saw 80 stranded travellers seeking sanctuary at Okehampton College, including a pair of newlyweds.

More snow and icy conditions were expected to continue today with weather watchers anticipating a thaw in the south west setting in tomorrow.

Panic-buying again reared its ugly head as some selfish shoppers grabbed dwindling supplies of basic commodities, especially bread and milk.

Thousands of pupils were jubilant at the news that hundreds of schools across the region were closed because of the dreadful and dangerous conditions underfoot.

Newspapers were in short supply with newsagents reporting no bundles from the Press

early this morning.

Police said their multi-agency operation to keep roads as clear as possible via gritting and ploughing sorties remained active.

A spokesman said: ’Temperatures will stay low today (mon) and driving conditions remain treacherous in places due to ice and snow.

’We are urging drivers to heed the weather warnings and the advice is not to travel this morning unless absolutely necessary.

’If you do need to drive please ensure you plan ahead, take extra care and allow more time for your journey.’

The spokesman added: ’We are concerned about rush hour traffic - and we would advise the public to drive to the conditions of the road. They should slow down, keep their distance and keep an eye on weather reports before setting off.

’If they have to travel, they should carry additional warm clothing/footwear, food, drink, a charged mobile phone, and ensure their vehicle has a full tank of fuel.’