Commuters warned as ice warning issued for Exeter tonight
Weather warnings have been issued for Exeter tonight and tomorrow morning as strong winds, low temperatures and ice are set to hit the region.
The warning has been issued after bitterly cold winds hit Exeter today, making it likely to be the coldest March day since 1986, forecasters said.
Temperatures will drop again overnight with gusts up to 35mph making it feel like -10C in some areas of Exeter.
The Met Office has issued a yellow-graded ice warning, which warns the public to ‘be prepared’ and to take care on the roads especially in the early hours of tomorrow.
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A Chief Forecaster for the Exeter based MET office said:
“Snow showers have struggled to settle on roads during the daytime but as road temperatures fall this evening settling will take place more readily, although the frequency and intensity of snow showers will tend to reduce.
Ice will form on untreated roads and pavements that have been left wet by melted snow from the daytime.”
Icy weather has been swept in by winds from Siberia, said forecasters who predicted some of the coldest conditions of the winter.
Commuters faced icy conditions on the outskirts of Exeter this morning as temperatures dipped below freezing.
But Haldon Hill and Telegraph Hill, which are often a major problem for commuters, were both snow-free. And there was little more than a light dusting of snow across the city.