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Care needed despite overnight gritting

Prolonged sub-zero temperatures means everyone should take care outdoors today.

Gritters have been out across the county overnight, following another day’s gritting yesterday.

Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Support member for Highways and Transport, said:

The temperature was well below freezing in parts of the county overnight and conditions will be extremely difficult today, even on gritted roads.

With temperatures struggling to get above freezing during the daytime, those on the roads should take a great deal of care, drive to the conditions and allow extra time for their journeys.”

She added:

I’d also like to thank the Ice Busters community teams for their hard work keeping paths and pavements clear, but everyone should take care even if walking.

It’s a difficult time for the old and infirm and if we can do their shopping for them and reduce their need to be outdoors for the next few days, that’s a good thing.”

At 7am this morning 88 schools in Staffordshire had decided to close today due to the conditions.

Parents can check if their child’s school is closed today by going to the county council’s website www.staffordshire.gov.uk and searching for ‘school closure list’, or by clicking www.staffordshire.gov.uk/schoolclosure and following the instructions.