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Gritters back out amid Cornwall's ice warning

Gritters back out amid Cornwall's ice warning

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:20am 26th February 2020. (Updated at 7:30am 26th February 2020)

Cornwall's gritters have been sent out twice in one day because of that ice warning.

The Met Office yellow alert for the slippery stuff will be in force until 10am on Wednesday.

It follows reports of hail, sleet and even snow showers overnight.

Hazardous condition were being reported on the A38 at Dobwalls were reported in the early hours of the morning.

Which roads have been gritted?

Cornwall's gritters were sent out twice on Tuesday and once again in the early hours of Wednesday morning, following a day of hail, sleet and even snow showers.

Road surface temperatures were expected to fall to as low as -3C in some areas.

Cormac's gritters carried out:

20g of presalt on North-Eastern routes at 15.00 on Tuesday.

20g of presalt on all West, Central and South-Eastern routes at 18.00 on Tuesday.

A further 20g of presalt on all routes at 02.00 on Wednesday morning.

West domain: Area from Land's End up to and including Falmouth/Redruth

Central domain: Area from Porthtowan/Perranarworthal in the west up to and including Wadebridge/Bodmin/Fowey in the east.

North East domain: Area including the north coast from Camelford/Tintagel and Bodmin Moor to the county boundary from Bude to Gunnislake.

South East domain: Approximately 15km wide south coast strip, including Liskeard - from Polruan to the county boundary.

You can check which roads have been treated on Cornwall Council's interactive map here.

What is the forecast?

The yellow weather warning for ice will be in force from midnight until 10am on Wednesday.

Whilst parts of the south-west could see some snow, the Met Office says ice and hail showers are the biggest risk.

Forecasters say conditions could be hazardous during the drive to work, warning us to expect:

  • Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces
  • Probably some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths

"A mix of rain and hail showers, with some snow over higher ground, is likely to leave surfaces wet overnight. 

"Surface temperatures are then expected to fall below freezing with icy stretches forming in places".

Met Office

You can check the latest weather warnings for Cornwall here or watch the full forecast from the Met Office...

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