Warning on roads in Somerset again

National Highways’ gritting teams are working around the clock to treat trunk roads and keep them free from disruption. Somerset County Council gritters are also out treating roads. However this evening they warn that freezing temperatures with recent rainfall runoff will lead to icy conditions. The Met Office say there is a risk particularly to the higher routes in the county and roads into Devon.

Parts of the A30 at Okehampton are at risk of water running across the carriageway and then turning to ice. A lane 2 closure and speed reduction is in force eastbound on the route.

Drivers using the A36, A40 and parts of the A303 around Ilminster to Honiton should also drive carefully. Ideally if you don’t have to drive, you are advised not to.

Julian Strong, Service Delivery Manager for National Highways notes: “Black ice is difficult to see, so even when conditions seem normal, it can be very slippery – leading to dangerous driving conditions. Drivers should plan their journeys, monitor weather reports and pack essentials if they really need to travel.”  

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  • The Old Frome Road between Wells & A37 is lethal. Last night water was still pouring down the hilly, narrow road but with ice underneath. My car has antiskid but I lost it twice by just gently touching the brake. Thank heavens there was nothing coming in the opposite direction.

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