Christmas Day ice warning to drivers – with sub-zero temperatures expected on Devon roads

Motorists have been urged to take care on Devon roads on Christmas Day – with freezing conditions expected in the morning.

Highways chiefs say temperatures could drop as low as -1.4C from around 5am to 9am.

They have warned that the sub-zero spell, combined with lingering surface water, could lead to hazardous surfaces.

Devon County Council’s (DCC) gritters will be out on main routes from midnight.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, cabinet member for highway management, said: “We want to make sure everyone has a safe Christmas Day, so please take extra care if travelling first thing.

“With the amount of water still around and sub-zero temperatures, ice may be a problem in the morning. We can’t treat all of our roads and untreated roads may well be icy.”

DCC is reminding people of the following advice:

  • Never assume a road has been salted. Remember that showers or rain will wash salt off roads, leaving them prone to ice. In extreme cold, even salting will not stop ice from forming;
  • Allow additional time for your journey and reduce your speed;
  • Drive with care and according to the conditions.

For more information and travel advice from DCC, visit or for updates on Twitter follow @DevonAlert.

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