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Gritters have been working round the clock.

Big freeze continues in Staffordshire

The big freeze is set to continue in Staffordshire as road users are urged to keep taking care.

Met Office forecasters say temperatures may get above freezing briefly during the daytime, before returning below zero after dark.

Staffordshire County Council’s fleet of more than 40 gritters are heading out again tonight following earlier gritting, but the extremely low temperatures are making road conditions difficult – even when gritted.

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

A band of wet weather is expected across the region tonight, which may fall as rain, sleet, or snow, depending where you live.

That creates the possibility of quick-forming black ice and some water may not be able to run off if drains are covered by snow and ice, so although our gritters are still working round the clock, it’s essential that drivers go carefully and patiently.”

She added:

We have 4,000 gritting bins in Staffordshire and people are making good use of them, but do take care on paths and pavements too.

It’s good to hear of people helping older friends and neighbours with shopping and errands so they don’t have to venture out.”

Parents can also check if their child’s school is closed on Wednesday by going to 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.

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.

Schools should update the closure list once they’ve taken the decision so parents ought to check regularly.”

NB: At 2.30pm on Tuesday, no Staffordshire schools had announced they were closed on Wednesday.