Stoke & Staffordshire

Warning to drivers after snowfall in Staffordshire

Drivers have been warned to only travel if necessary after snowfall across Staffordshire.

Slow traffic and hazardous driving conditions were seen on a number of roads, including on the M54.

And the M6 saw speed restrictions of 40mph because of snowfall.

The Met Office has issued a warning of severe weather in the West Midlands. It said widespread icy roads and snow were expected in many areas over the weekend.

Birmingham Airport was among UK airports where some flights were cancelled or delayed because of conditions.

Meanwhile, West Midlands Ambulance Service said Friday was its busiest day since regional records began.

It responded to 3,941 calls throughout the region, which was about 120 more responses than overnight on last New Year's Eve, which is traditionally the busiest time for the service.

A service spokeswoman said: "A large number of these calls were to reports of breathing problems, road traffic collisions and slips trips and falls, which have come about due to the sudden on set of cold weather.

"With the wintry weather set to stay over the next couple of days the public is being urged to take extra precautions to try to avoid any unnecessary accidents."

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