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Gritters primed and ready for freezing February

Gritters in Staffordshire are ready to roll as snow and freezing February temperatures are forecast this week.

Temperatures are set to plummet to as low as -5C in some areas of the county this week, and the Met Office forecasts a band of snow and ice to edge in from the north-west tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.

The county’s 40-strong team of gritters and snow ploughs will be rolling out this evening and into the night, and early tomorrow morning when needed.

County Councillor Helen Fisher, Cabinet Support Member for Highways and Transport said:  “This latest cold snap will mean freezing temperatures overnight and the possibility of snow into tomorrow morning.

“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.

“With snow forecast, 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.”

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