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Summary

  1. Drivers stuck on Bodmin Moor
  2. - Amber warning for snow across Devon
  3. - Only travel if essential urge police
  4. Updates on Thursday 31 January 2019

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    Severe accident: A38 Cornwall eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A38 Cornwall eastbound severe accident, from A30 to A390.

    A38 Cornwall - All traffic being temporarily held and an accident involving lorry on A38 eastbound from the A30 junction to Twelvewoods Roundabout.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  2. Traffic moving on A30 eastbound

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    Traffic is beginning to move on the A30 eastbound, after gritters and ploughs managed to clear the road at Temple.

    Ch Insp Adrian Leisk from Devon and Cornwall Police said drivers should go slowly and safely, taking extra care to avoid abandoned cars on the road.

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    Severe accident: M5 Devon northbound

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    M5 Devon northbound severe accident, at J27 for A361.

    M5 Devon - M5 exit slip road closed and queuing traffic northbound at J27, A361 (Tiverton), because of an accident involving a lorry.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  4. Inn lays out 30 makeshift beds for stranded motorists

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    beds on the floor of a pub

    A Cornish inn has made up makeshift beds for motorists stranded on the A30.

    Staff at Jamaica Inn near Launceston, which was made famous by Daphne Du Maurier's classic novel of the same name, have laid mattresses out on the floor.

    "We originally had seven rooms booked tonight - we now have all 37 booked," said manager Sammy Wheeler.

    Quote Message: We've made up 15 beds in the lower restaurant, with another five in the lounge, and there are 10 or 12 people sleeping in the bar."

    "We have a poorly baby with a heart condition that one of our staff helped to bring up out of their car. We've kicked one of our other residents out of their room so that baby can have a bed.

    "People are still coming in and we're going to stay open all night so people can just keep coming."

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  5. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Devon northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon northbound severe accident, from J27 for A361 to J26 for A38.

    M5 Devon - Slow traffic on M5 northbound from J27, A361 (Tiverton) to J26, A38 (Wellington), because of all traffic being temporarily held and an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  6. Treacherous conditions lead to 'dozens' of crashes

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    car in ditch

    There have been "dozens" of road crashes across Devon and Cornwall as a result of the heavy snowfall earlier, police have said.

    Officers are advising people not to travel unless it's absolutely necessary.

    Motorist Darryn Lake described conditions in Ide, Devon as "treacherous", and said he had come across multiple collisions while driving in the Exeter area this evening.

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  7. Snow at least 12cm deep on Bodmin Moor

    Heavy snowfall has hit much of southern England and Wales, leaving hundreds of people trapped in cars as temperatures plummeted.

    Snow is lying at least 12cm deep on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, and 5cm has been recorded in Sennybridge, Powys, according to the Met Office.

    This already exceeds the maximum 10cm of snowfall that was predicted when the forecaster issued a severe weather warning for Thursday.

    The snow, which has been travelling eastwards, has reached as far as Wiltshire, Hampshire, Sussex and Kent.

    Cars stuck in snow

    In Cornwall, on the A30, rescuers are continuing to free trapped motorists.

  8. Out of the surf, into the snow

    The wintry weather hasn't deterred surfers from taking to the waves in Cornwall - with some possibly making the most of an extra day off work.

    This photo was taken by Ben Hewitt from Surfers Against Sewage at Watergate Bay, Newquay, earlier.

    surfers in the snow
  9. Cars skidding down hills

    Journalism student Georgette Beacham, 28, got caught in the snow while returning from Plymouth to Falmouth.

    She said: "Everyone was driving slowly but particularly on the hills, cars were jack-knifing and people were getting stuck going up hill and skidding going down hill and having to pull over."

    On one stretch of the A30 heading east towards Fraddon, a collision between a car and a lorry caused long tailbacks.

    Ms Beacham's journey took four-and-a-half hours instead of the normal one hour and 45 minutes.

  10. Video shows cars stuck in heavy snow on A30

    Some motorists have been stuck in the snow on the A30 in Cornwall for more than five hours.

    Surfer James Frewer sent us this video of the scene near Bolventor on Bodmin Moor earlier.

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    Video caption: Credit: James Frewer