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Gritting teams out continuously as schools close due to snow

Snow continued to fall last night as the county’s gritting teams continued their constant operations across the road network with increasingly hazardous driving conditions this morning.

More than 170 schools are closed so far and the A53 in the Moorlands is closed where conditions are especially bad. All ploughs, tractor ploughs and snow blowers are in operation though drifting snow is making the job difficult.

Motorists are being urged to drive with extra care on all roads and avoid areas worst hit if possible. They should check local weather throughout the day with conditions expected to worsen.

Schools will contact parents if they decide to close. A list of closures can be found on 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.

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

These are especially difficult conditions and we expect they will get worse later with more snow expected.

Our gritting crews are in constant operation making every effort to clear the roads and will continue through today and into tonight.

We’d again urge people to drive with caution due to the snow, ice and freezing temperatures and to be well prepared if they do need to travel. We’d also ask people to look out for friends or neighbours if older or more vulnerable through this period of exceptionally cold weather.”

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