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Gritting crews out overnight as snow hits county

Gritting crews have been out through out the night as the mini Beast from the East delivered sleet and snow across parts of the county.

Although the crews have been in action, fresh snow together with light traffic, means driving conditions maybe difficult on some roads and motorists are being advised to take extra care if out first thing this morning.

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

Our army of 40 plus gritters have been out overnight doing a really great job in quite difficult driving conditions, even for our experienced gritting crews.

The grit does require traffic to travel over it for it to work, so with fresh snow and quieter roads on a Sunday, we are urging people to take extra care if travelling first thing this morning.

Our crews gritted the extended network across the county before repeating treatment on the primary roads in the early hours, but swirling winds leading to drifting snow and reports of abandoned vehicles on some routes particularly on higher ground have added to the hazardous conditions.”

As well as deploying the gritters, snow ploughs and snow blowers are currently in action on higher ground in the Moorlands to help tackle the drifting snow.

The Met Office says that although it will remain bitterly cold today, snow showers will die away day with temperatures gradually increasing as we head towards the middle of next week.

You can find out more information about where we grit and other winter information at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/winter