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Snow Clears But Freezing Conditions Stay

Posted on Saturday 11th March 2023
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The snow has cleared from much of Staffordshire today – but the risk of severe ice remains on higher ground.

With temperatures falling below zero today and tomorrow, Staffordshire’s army of gritters hit the roads once again to ensure all the key roads were gritted before most people were up and about this weekend.

To the north of the county, where snow conditions have been worse, all key routes have been treated.  Although there was no more snow overnight, road surface temperatures fell to -5.8C leading to the risk of frozen snow and ice patches throughout the area.

Snow blowers, tractor ploughs and loading shovels will be working through out today, opening up blocked roads and widening routes where snow drifts have settled over the higher ground.  

In the south of the county, with run off from the snow freezing, the main and extended gritting network was treated before a repeat run was made of the main network.

David Williams, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council, said: 

“While the snow has cleared from much of the county, our army of gritters were still working hard overnight to treat our massive gritting network.

“On the higher ground in the Staffordshire Moorlands, freezing conditions mean there is a risk of severe ice and drifting snow and we will be deploying snow ploughs and tractors throughout the day to help keep people safe and traffic moving.

“While our crews will continue to play their part over the weekend, it is important that motorists play theirs too, by being aware of the risk of ice, slowing down and allowing a little extra time for their journeys.”

The Met Office say a yellow weather warning for snow and ice for parts of the county remains over the weekend.

People can find out more information about our gritting routes here


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