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Drifting snow creates another challenging night for Staffordshire’s gritting crews

Drifting snow has caused problems for Staffordshire County Council’s gritting crews last night, as they battled extreme conditions to clear roads.

More snow fell overnight in much of the county, with crews working around the clock to keep the county moving.

Snow ploughs, tractor ploughs and JCBs have all been utilised to dig out drifts and clear the snow, with crews concentrating on major routes around the county.

Helen Fisher, cabinet support member for highways and transport said: “After battling some of the worst weather we’ve seen for 10 years in the county yesterday, our gritting crews were out again working tirelessly to clear the roads.

“Again, it was the winds and drifting snow that caused the most problems, and driving conditions still remain hazardous this morning. Crews have literally been digging out the drifting snow, as well as having to deal with a number of abandoned vehicles.

“They’ve been concentrating on major routes overnight, and we are thanking people for their patience while crews clear the other routes as soon as they can.

“We’re also continuing to ask people to look out for friends or neighbours if they are older or more vulnerable as this exceptionally cold weather carries on into the weekend.”

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

People can sign up to the county council’s weather alerts at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/StayConnected