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Major gritting operation continues in Staffordshire as hundreds of schools close

Gritters have been working non-stop for the third night running as hundreds of schools across the county shut due to snow and ice.

Staffordshire County Council’s fleet of more than 40 gritters was on the roads again, having worked round the clock since Friday.

Weather forecasts had suggested the snow clouds would clear during Sunday night and the early hours of Monday morning, leaving freezing temperatures.

Nearly 300 schools across the county have taken the decision to close today due to conditions on site.

Most say they are looking to open tomorrow, and parents are being directed to the county council’s dedicated school closure website www.staffordshire.gov.uk/schoolclosure for the latest updates.

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

“The snow flurries lingered longer than expected, so we carried on ploughing as necessary, as well as gritting across the network.

“The day shift reported at 6am today and will carry on as necessary to keep the roads running today and tonight, but people should take care and drive appropriately for the conditions.

“The gritting crews have been working round the clock since Friday, in very difficult conditions, and I’m grateful for all their hard work.”

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

“It’s down to each head teacher to decide whether to open or close the school in bad weather and they consider a whole series of factors, including the state of local roads and paths, the availability of school and public transport and whether food, heating and lighting can be provided.

“Most schools have indicated they intend to open tomorrow and will usually update parents directly, however our advice is to keep checking our website for the latest updates.”