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Motorists urged to prepare for freezing conditions and snow showers

Staffordshire motorists are being urged to drive with extra care from this afternoon (Tuesday) with freezing conditions and potential snow showers expected.

A yellow weather warning has been issued for the area with a mixture of blustery, wintry showers of rain, hail and snow and freezing temperatures forecast into the night and tomorrow morning.

Staffordshire’s army of gritters will be out across the county this evening and will be monitoring the weather and road conditions overnight to decide when and where further gritting may be needed.

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

“We have a fleet of more than 40 gritters and have around 20,000 tonnes of salt stockpiled so we are well prepared for this latest blast of wintry weather.

“We will be out gritting once again tonight, playing our part to keep the county on the move and ask motorists to play their part too. Regardless of whether a road has been gritted, motorists need to slow down, take extra care and allow more time for their journeys, as the most important thing is that we all get through winter safely.”

On routine winter days and nights gritters will be focusing on the major routes and extending to the wider network in prolonged ice and snow conditions.

People can find out more about where the teams grit and how the council prepares for winter at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/winter