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Gritting work continues in face of sub-zero conditions

Staffordshire gritters will continue patrolling the county’s road network day and night as the cold snap remains in force.

Having worked round the clock since Friday, Staffordshire’s fleet of more than 40 gritters is on the road again today in preparation for the anticipated fall in temperature overnight.

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

No more snow is forecast, but with temperatures struggling to rise above freezing during daylight no immediate thaw is expected and conditions will remain difficult.

Our gritters are out again during the day and then crews will be taking to the roads again overnight.

Nevertheless despite all this effort I cannot stress enough that when we have prolonged sub-zero conditions, drivers must still 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 on Tuesday 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.

Today head teachers took the decision to close 309 schools across Staffordshire. Already Chasetown Community School; Gorsemoor Primary School, Cannock; and St Lawrence CE(VC), Gnosall; have confirmed they are closed on Tuesday, while Wolgarston High School, Penkridge, has said it is only open tomorrow for students from Years 11, 12 and 13.

Philip White, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Support member for Learning and Employability, said:

Schools should update the closure list once the head teacher has taken the decision so parents ought to check regularly.”