Gritters on Plymouth roads as freeze follows floods
NO SOONER have the rain clouds rolled away than Plymouth is braced for the weather's next trick: ice.
Gritters were out in force across the city and the county last night.
With roads still wet from the weekend's floods, council workers were out gritting twice last night and again this morning before the rush hour.
In places the large amount of surface water and run-off from fields means there is a possibility that the salt could wash away, leaving the risk of icy patches even on treated roads.
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Across Devon and Cornwall, councils were gritting thousands of miles of road through the evening. Road users were warned 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 extra 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;
Listen to local radio and log on to thisisplymouth.co.uk for updates on weather conditions.
Elsewhere across England and Wales hundreds of flood warnings remained in place.
But in Plymouth yesterday's dry and cold weather was expected to continue overnight, with road surface temperatures dropping below zero, leading to icy stretches where any roads remain wet. A patchy hoar frost was expected.
Although the weather is expected to be mainly dry for the rest of the week, the Met Office's five-day forecast suggests that more rain could be on the way on Sunday.