Stoke & Staffordshire

Icy conditions follow snowfall in Staffordshire

Stafford in the snow
Image caption People have been enjoying walking and sledging in the snow

People in Staffordshire are being warned to take care on icy roads and pavements following recent snowfall.

Gritting lorries have been out across the county, but councils warned many smaller roads remained untreated.

Pete Price, head of highways at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said the main routes "were fine", particularly as there was little snowfall overnight.

He urged residents to make use of the 400 "self help" salt bins located around the city to make areas safer.

Meanwhile, bus routes in the county were still being affected by the conditions.

First Bus suspended its services on Friday afternoon, but said many were running on Saturday.

Aidy Culpin, marketing manager from the firm, said: "We've got all of our services out but they're not actually operating to some of the end points. Main roads are really good but side roads are still pretty poor."

The Met Office forecast occasional snow flurries throughout the day, which would add to the lying snow in places.

It would feel bitterly cold with a brisk easterly wind, with a maximum temperature of 1C, the office said.

Police officers in Staffordshire said they dealt with "a high number of extra calls" on Friday after heavy snowfall.

Supt Dave Forrest urged people to delay making non-emergency calls where possible and only dial 999 in a real emergency.

About 250 Staffordshire schools were closed because of the conditions on Friday.

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