Cornwall preparing for freezing conditions

Residents, highways staff and emergency services in Cornwall are preparing for a night of freezing conditions after blizzards hit the county.

Traffic was gridlocked and schools closed after heavy snow in the west of Cornwall on Monday.

Temperatures were expected to fall to -4C overnight, the Met Office said.

Cornwall Council added road surface temperatures were expected to remain well below 0C, leading to a high risk of ice on the roads on Tuesday morning.

Stranded vehicles

Gritters were due to be out overnight, but people were advised to check travel forecasts and ensure that they drove carefully if they needed to travel, the council said.

On Monday, there were reports of heavy snow at Ludgvan, Helston, Penzance, Highgate Hill, Carnon Down and Constantine.

The A39 Falmouth to Truro road was closed at Cove Hill because of ice and stranded vehicles.

One lane of the A30 was blocked at the Chiverton Cross Roundabout and there was a two-vehicle crash at the junction with the A3047 at Redruth.

Image caption One car was left on its roof near Budock

One car was left on its roof near Budock when it was involved in an accident while driving on a hill.

More than 100 schools, colleges and nurseries either closed or had lessons disrupted.

Cornwall Council said that schools which were were closed on Monday were considering whether they could re-open on Tuesday.

Highways staff carried out a precautionary salting of the major A and B roads on Monday afternoon.

Council gritter lorries were due to go out again at 0400 GMT to carry out further precautionary salting on 25 routes, including the most heavily used A and B roads in the county, the council said.

Staff from the council's Adult and Social Care Directorate and their health partners have been monitoring the support being provided to vulnerable people.

A full council meeting of Cornwall Council was due to be held on Tuesday to discuss an emergency budget to cut £170m over four years but it has been postponed until Friday in the interests of safety.

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