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Ice and severe gales forecast for Devon

By Jon_Bayley  |  Posted: February 05, 2013

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Strong winds and ice have been forecast for Devon today.

The Met Office has issued a yellow-grade warning for the county, with high winds and freezing temperatures set to begin at 9am today, continuing until 5pm.

Wintry showers are forecast, which could cause ice to form on roads as temperatures drop overnight, as well as winds of up to 60mph.

A spokesperson for the Exeter-based Met Office said: "As a deep depression comes southwards into the North Sea on Tuesday, severe gales or storm force winds look likely to develop over South West England for a time, with large waves on coasts exposed to the West or North West.

"West to north-westerly winds will increase during Tuesday with gusts of 60mph and as high as 70-75mph across southern and western Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

"Surfaces will remain wet from earlier showers and from continued showers of rain, sleet and snow, allowing ice to form.

"As temperatures fall, ice will form readily on wet roads and pavements.

Wednesday should be largely cloudy with sunny intervals, but wind gusts could reach speeds of 42mph.

A cloudy Thursday morning is on the cards followed by a drizzly afternoon. It should feel considerably warmer, however - the Met Office says temperatures could feel as high as 4C.

Friday is set to be cloudy with sunny intervals, and temperatures could feel as high as 3C.

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