Devon roads danger as temperature dives

Bigbury snow
Image caption Bigbury in south Devon got a picturesque covering of snow while there was major disruption on the roads

Devon drivers are being warned about dangerous conditions on the roads on Sunday as the temperature drops to -6C and snow and sleet sweep in.

The Met Office weather warnings follow treacherous conditions on many roads.

Exmoor, Dartmoor and the south of the county were badly affected by up to 10in (25cm) of snow.

Some roads including the A361 North Devon Link road and the A379 between Modbury and Kingsbridge were impassable on Saturday morning.

All First Bus services in north Devon and many services in Plymouth and south Devon have been suspended.

BBC Travel earlier reported that Haldon Hill on the A38 was closed for 10 minutes while a snow plough cleared the way for drivers.

A coastguard rescue team from Bigbury in south Devon used its 4x4 vehicle to take a paramedic to treat a 74-year-old man who had fallen down stairs in Ringmore.

Fans turned out at Exeter City's St James' Park ground to help clear snow before the club's game against Sheffield Wednesday.

Flights were temporarily disrupted at Exeter Airport before snow was cleared from the runway.

Some refuse collections in Exeter will have to wait until after Christmas because of the snow.

The council says it is too dangerous on some roads and it is asking people to recycle as much as possible and put the bins out on the next scheduled day.

Collections have also been disrupted in Teignbridge. The council is asking people to put them out again on Monday.

In east Devon the council said recycling would be collected next Friday and waste at the first available opportunity.

The Met Office is predicting a severe frost on Saturday night, along with sleet or snow sweeping in from the south.

Apart from southern coasts of Devon and Cornwall, which may see some rain or sleet, most parts will be dry and sunny on Sunday with a maximum temperature of 1C.

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