Stoke & Staffordshire

Staffordshire and Cheshire schools close as snow falls

Road on Staffordshire Moorlands
Image caption A yellow weather warning is in place across Staffordshire and Cheshire

Heavy snow closed roads and schools in the Staffordshire Moorlands and parts of Cheshire on Thursday.

In all, more than 60 schools shut across the counties.

The A53 Leek to Buxton road was closed for several hours between Axe Edge and Stanley Moor, but has since reopened. In Cheshire, the A537 Cat & Fiddle road was closed between Bull Hill Lane and the A54.

Yellow weather warnings are in place across the West Midlands.

Conditions on a number of roads in Staffordshire and Cheshire are hazardous and the Highways Agency has warned drivers to take care.

'Caught out'

Flash, on the Staffordshire Moorlands, saw about four inches of snow on Thursday.

Carol Stanway at the Knight's Table pub, near Flash, said the main road was clear although several of the side roads looked "hazardous".

Staffordshire County Council's Mark Deauville said snow ploughs had cleared the worst-affected areas such as Ipstones and Oakamoor.

He said more snow was expected on the moorlands overnight and gritters would be out on the main routes.

David Topping, from Cheshire East Council, said the authority had been "caught out" by the "depth and intensity" of the snow on Thursday.

The council has had nine snow ploughs out, focusing particularly around Macclesfield and Buxton.

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