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The A522 at Fole on Monday morning.

Gritting fleet faces cold snap

Staffordshire gritters have been on the roads overnight in anticipation of snow followed by freezing temperatures.

Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet support member for Highways, said:

As Sunday night progressed it became clear that the snow was arriving from the north west earlier and heavier than forecast, particularly on higher ground, but the gritters were out overnight.

Being Sunday night the roads were quieter than other nights and the grit hasn’t been spread by traffic as much as usual.

Gritting crews are standing to again this morning to go out as necessary, but as always motorists should always take care and allow extra time for their journeys.”

Concerned parents can check Staffordshire County Council’s website website www.staffordshire.gov.uk/schoolclosure for the latest updates. to see whether their school is open.

Philip White, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet support member for Learning and Employability, said:

It’s down individual head teachers to take a closure decision, so parents should check the website for updates.”

As at 9am seven schools were closed today: Chase View Community Primary School, Rugeley; Cicely Haughton Special School, Wetley Rocks; Hazel Slade Community Primary School, Cannock; Hedensford Valley High School; Loxley Hall School, Uttoxeter; Merryfields Special School and the Bridge Centre School, Lichfield (primary only).