DEVON Coutny Council’s (DCC) fleet of gritters is facing challenging conditions overnight with a mix of rain and wintry showers forecast.

Gritting teams will be carrying out multiple treatments on some of the county’s main salting routes as road surface temperatures drop close to or below freezing.

This is expected to be followed by a band of widespread rain and sleet, and the possibility of snow on higher ground, with up to 10cm possible on Dartmoor and Exmoor from around 11pm.

The Met Office has issued a Yellow Weather Warning for rain, heavy at times, from midnight yesterday, Thursday, February 29, until 3pm today, Friday, March 1.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: ‘The combination of rain and wintry showers along with low road surfaces temperatures is a cause for concern.

‘With so much water run-off still on roads there is a possibility it will freeze and create hazardous conditions for road users, particularly on minor routes off of the gritting network.

‘However, ice can form on roads whether they have been treated or not.

‘Please take extra care if you are travelling overnight or tomorrow morning and allow plenty of time for your journey.’

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