Western Morning News (Saturday)

Warning of ice as cold weather persists

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A YELLOW weather warning for ice issued by the Met Office which came into effect yesterday lasts until 11am today.

The warning from the Exeterbase­d forecaster followed previous warnings for snow and ice, with roads treacherou­s in places and snow falling in some areas.

Covering England, including all of Devon and Cornwall, the weather warning says the re is a risk of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces, as well as some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

The latest yellow weather warning comes as temperatur­es across Devon and Cornwall have plummeted in recent weeks, and many areas around the country have seen snowfall and frost.

Police are urging motorists across Devon and Cornwall to remain cautious, and avoid using minor back roads if they possibly can – with one officer saying there had been “too many people” reporting they had become stuck on the road due to icy conditions.

Sgt Dave Pearce also asked drivers to slow down, explaining there had already been a number of reported minor incidents on the roads in the area.

Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said yellow warnings for snow and ice were in place for much of the UK over the next two days and police forces and councils had issued calls to motorists to be careful on icy roads.

He said: “The wintry theme continues, certainly for the next couple of days, but we’re then looking at a warming trend with slightly less cold air moving in over the weekend.”

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