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Strong winds and drifting snow cause hazardous conditions countywide

Staffordshire’s gritting teams have been battling with strong winds and drifting snow throughout the night and into this morning as they continue their round-the-clock work to clear roads.

The advice to motorists this morning is to only travel if absolutely necessary and to continue to check local weather forecasts. Snow ploughs, tractor ploughs and snow blowers are in operation and will carry on through the day with more strong winds forecast.

More than 300 schools are 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 www.staffordshire.gov.uk/StayConnected

Helen Fisher, cabinet support member for highways and transport said:

Strong winds and drifting snow are causing real problems on our road network across the county. The gritting teams have been working tirelessly to clear the roads, aided by ploughs and snow blowers, however driving conditions remain extremely hazardous.
We’re expecting these conditions to continue throughout the day and would advise people to travel only if absolutely necessary.
If people do drive, they should do so with extra care and be well prepared. We’d also 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