Somerset snow continues to cause travel problems and close roads
Snow is still causing a problem on roads around Exmoor and West Somerset this morning.
A stretch of the A39 is still closed at Porlock Hill, while the A396 is still impassable between Timberscombe and Dulverton and the B3223 is closed at Simonsbath.
Somerset County Council's gritting team confirmed last night that all other A roads in the county were open, and that secondary roads were passable in all areas other than Exmoor and West Somerset.
The council's fleet of 23 gritters were out treating the roads from 4.30pm yesterday, and were back out at 4.45am this morning.
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Somerset County Council has praised its civil contingencies unit officers, the emergency services and village volunteers for their efforts in rescuing the drivers.
It also said gritters will be using double the usual amount of salt when it treats the county's network of roads tonight.
Deputy leader David Hall said: “It has been a difficult time for everyone, but it has seen excellent efforts by our staff and contractors, partner agencies, volunteers and the public in keeping Somerset moving.
“Many of the roads are clear of snow, but I would ask everyone to be extremely careful if the county ices over.”
The council said its fleet of 23 gritters circled the 900 miles of high priority roads with salt, and later concentrated on a further 500 miles – about a third of the county network in total.