Highways crews out in force as Storm Arwen hits county


Highways crews in Staffordshire have been out in force after Storm Arwen brought wind, snow and freezing temperatures to the county.

As many people woke up to a blanket of snow this morning, Staffordshire County Council’s highways crews have been working round the clock to gritting the roads, clearing snow and removing trees and other fallen debris from the highways.

Gritting crews were out throughout the night, salting and ploughing the worst roads in an effort to keep the county moving as the storm hit. Crews will continue to work throughout the day clear the roads and lay more grit.

David Williams, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways said: “It certainly has been a challenging 24 hours for our highways crews. The double-whammy of snow and high winds has mean crews have been working round the clock to keep our county moving.

“Crews will continue working throughout the day to clear our highways of debris and snow. Weather forecasts seem to show the snow tailing off and temperatures rising during the day, but nevertheless I would advise people to take care on the roads, drive safely and allow more time for their journeys.”

Though the Met Office Yellow Weather Warning for snow finishes this morning, a yellow warning for wind is still in place for the whole of Staffordshire until 6pm today (Saturday).

A Cold Weather Alert has also been issued by the UK Health Security Agency (formerly Public Health England), which is in place until 3pm on Monday. People are being advised to check on older neighbours and relatives, especially those who live alone or have a serious illness.

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