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Gritters have been working round the clock.

Gritters in action throughout the day as snowfall begins

Staffordshire’s gritting teams have been out throughout the day as the first of the week’s snow starts to fall and ahead of potentially more severe conditions.

With freezing temperatures forecast throughout the week the gritters hit the road overnight and into today.

Strong winds will make temperatures feel even colder and could cause drifting if there is heavy snowfall.  The county’s 40-strong team of gritters and snow ploughs will be rolling out as and when needed.

Motorists are being urged to drive with extra care, even where roads have been gritted.

Helen Fisher, cabinet support member for highways and transport said:

Our gritting teams have been well prepared for this week’s forecasted weather and were out overnight and throughout today in anticipation of more severe conditions.
The snow and ice will bring some hazardous driving conditions and so we would again ask people to take extra care when they are out and about and allow additional time for their journey.
We have nine weather stations across the county telling us what the weather is doing at a local level so we know when the gritters need to roll out.”

Staffordshire parents can 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/schoolclosureand following the instructions.

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