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Gritters primed and ready as temperatures set to plummet

Gritters in Staffordshire are ready to roll as snow and freezing temperatures and are forecast over the next two weeks.

Temperatures are set to plummet to as low as -6C in some areas of the county this week, but with gusty winds forecast by the Met Office, it could feel as cold as -11 in some areas.  Snow is also forecast to hit the county by the end of next week.

The county’s 40-strong team of gritters and snow ploughs will be rolling out as and when needed.

County Councillor Helen Fisher, Cabinet Support Member for Highways and Transport said:

“This latest cold snap will mean freezing temperatures, which could last as long as two weeks.

“Our gritting teams are well prepared to deal with tricky conditions, and our nine weather stations across the county will tell us what the weather is doing at a local level so we know when the gritters need to roll out.  If the snow does come, our Ice Busters community teams will also be out keeping paths and pavements clear.

“With snow forecast later next week, it’s likely that conditions in some parts of the county may become difficult.  Our teams do their best, but I would ask people to take care even on gritted roads, drive to the conditions and allow extra time for their journeys

“It’s also important to keep warm and check on older family, friends and neighbours to make sure they are safe and well, particularly if they have any health conditions.”

Staffordshire parents can also check if their child’s school is closed during adverse weather conditions by going to the county council’s website www.staffordshire.gov.uk and searching for ‘school closure list’, or by clicking http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/schoolclosure and following the instructions.

Advice on keeping warm and looking after neighbours can be found at http://www.nhs.uk/staywell