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Live Updates and Pictures: Snow hits Devon

By Rich_Booth  |  Posted: January 18, 2013

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Devon County Council teams are working round the clock to keep traffic moving following heavy snowfall in some parts of the county overnight.

Most major routes are passable with care but conditions are hazardous, particularly off the main salting network, and there is some disruption on routes around Devon.

Snow is drifting on the A361 North Devon Link Road and it has re-opened after it was closed earlier at Bonners Bridge, Mullacott Cross to Lynton Cross. Devon County Council gritters have been leading a convoy of vehicles behind them to get traffic moving. Gritters and ploughs are currently working on the A361.

The A380 Telegraph Hill is down to one lane in each direction as a tree has fallen on the highway.

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The A375 between Honiton and Putts Corner has been closed as it is impassable.

A number of roads are closed in the Exmoor area. The A399 is closed at Friendship Cross due to drifts of up to 5 foot of snow, the B3223 and B3358 are also closed and snow blowers and JCBs are to be deployed to Exmoor.

The Highways Agency has reported that the A303 has re-opened after an earlier two vehicle accident at Marsh, and the A35 between Honiton and Axminster has now re-opened after it was closed in both directions earlier because of a jack-knifed lorry.

The County Council is advising people to take extreme care if they are travelling today and to expect problems on higher ground, although conditions should be easing during the day.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said:

“County Council teams have been working hard throughout the night gritting and ploughing main roads on our precautionary salting network. The conditions are challenging this morning and most major routes are passable with care, but we are dealing with extremely hazardous conditions on some roads such as the A361, and we would ask people to bear with us. Please do not make unnecessary journeys if it is not essential, but do take extreme care if you are travelling and where you can please keep to the main A and B roads and off of the minor roads.”

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A number of schools have reported that they are closed today. They include:

All Saints Church of England Primary in Axminster, Awliscombe Church Of England Primary, Bampton Church Of England Primary, Bishops Nympton Primary, Culmstock Primary, East Anstey Primary near Tiverton, Hawkchurch Church of England School, Haytor View Community Primary in Newton Abbot, Hennock Community Primary in Newton Abbot, Honiton Community College, Ilsington Primary, Kentisbeare Church Of England Primary, Kilmington Primary, Marwood School in Barnstaple, Moretonhampstead Primary, North Molton School, Offwell Church Of England Primary, Pathfield School in Barnstaple, Rackenford Church Of England Primary, St Andrew’s Primary in Chardstock, Shaugh Prior Primary School, Uplowman Church Of England Primary.

For more information visit www.devonschoolclosures.info

Information and advice to help motorists be prepared for winter, and up-to-date information on road conditions on England's motorways and trunk roads is available on the Highways Agency website at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or by calling the Highways Agency Information Line at 0300 123 5000.

See below for this morning's updates:

Devon Highways reporting hazardous driving conditions on M5 between J30, A376 (Exeter) and J26, A38 (Wellington), because of snow.

One lane is closed due to accident on the A30 heading towards Exeter between Okehampton Services and the Merrymeet Junction.

Snow is settling in the Pennsylvania area of Exeter.Driving conditions are 'a little tricky at the top of Rosebarn Lane.'

A375 Sidmouth Road in Honiton closed in both directions between Tesco and the Roundball Lane junction, because of snow.

Haldon Hill is passable with care.

A35 Devon - A35 closed in both directions between the A35 King's Road junction in Honiton and the B3165 Scott's Lane junction in Charmouth, because of snow and a jackknifed lorry.

Police are reporting that the A303 is currently closed in both directions between Newcott and Horton in the Blackdown Hills.

Two vehicles are understood to have been involved in a collision as snow fell after 6am in East Devon.

Traffic is currently stationary heading down Telegraph Hill.

Hill Barton Road in Exeter is very slippy. Police are warnign drivers to take care and drive slowly, avoiding sudden braking and turning.


Parts of Devon have seen snow during the early hours of today bringing problems on the region's main roads.

Exeter seems to have just missed the worst of the weather as earlier rain has prevented the snow from settling. However there are icy conditions on roads across the city.

There are currently revised train services on South West Train services. More here.

Police are warning of very hazardous conditions across the county and are advising not to drive unless you have to.

On the A361 lorries are being stacked at Bolham after a number jack-knifed on the hill. Only one lane is currently open on Telegraph Hill.

Metcombe Lane between Tipton St John and West Hill is currently closed due to a fallen tree.

Exeter City’s game this weekend could be in doubt as Bristol is expecting heavy snow during today.

Snow began falling at around 3:45am in Tavistock and Plymouth, leaving areas like Woolwell blanketed in a thin layer of snow.

Devon County Council has reported gritters working on the A39 and A361 during the early hours with tractors with ploughs out in Okehampton.

Devon and Cornwall Police took to Twitter at 3am today with a spokesperson saying: "It's blizzard like conditions in places now and snow ploughs have been deployed on Haldon and Telegraph Hill.

"Snow conditions worst at Haldon and Telegraph Hill, Okehampton, and roads between Tavistock and Princetown and Bude - avoid if possible."

The A38 at Haldon Hill in Chudleigh is partially blocked in both directions between Harcombe Cross and the A380 at the Telegraph Hill junction due to the weather conditions.

Some school closures in Devon are expected.

Keep checking thisisexeter for details.

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  • KieranMB  |  January 25 2013, 6:41PM

    You're both stupid, presumptive, and unfortunately rather predictable. Why do you both assume that the driver is holding the phone while driving? The driver is quite clearly not interacting with the phone at all, and so the device is no more of a distraction than a sticker on the dashboard. If they were, you would see some evidence of this (e.g. the phone moving around.) I regularly film when riding my motorcycle, and guess what? I set the camera running before I set off and leave it there. No distraction at all. So you have no reason to claim that they're not "consentrating" and are "taken" pictures while driving. Also, the driver made no mistakes when driving, which is more than can be said for you when writing your baseless, frivolous comments.

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  • thenthornthin  |  January 25 2013, 6:37PM

    @mparker and @doodaa99... I am the driver in that video, and I can assure you that the phone used to record the footage was placed securely in a phone holder for my dashboard. My concentration was driving and the video was a supplement. Also, I didn't add this to the website - the Echo added it... Nathan

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  • doodaa99  |  January 18 2013, 2:45PM

    I agree with mparker... Taking photos whilst driving in such bad weather conditions and then add them to a new website! Lucky there aren't any pictures of a bad accident where someone has been run off the road by some driver taking photos whilst driving!! Its a shame some of us have to share roads with people like this!!!

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  • mparker  |  January 18 2013, 10:13AM

    So glad to see that the DRIVER is consentrating on his/her driving and not taken the pictures at the same time .... NOT..

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