Staffordshire’s gritting teams will head out again into the night as they continue their efforts to keep the county’s roads clear.
The teams have been carrying out continual runs in sub-zero temperatures. Stronger winds are causing snow to drift in some areas. Last night snow ploughs and tractor ploughs were in action in the Staffordshire Moorlands where the snow was at its deepest.
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 and before travelling.
Today 186 schools closed across the county. 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.
People can sign up to the county council’s weather alerts at http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/StayConnected
Helen Fisher, cabinet support member for highways and transport said:
Snow showers and sub-zero temperatures are continuing to make driving conditions hazardous across the county.
Our gritting teams have been doing a great job day and night to keep our roads clear. They will be continuing 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.