Stoke & Staffordshire

Snow closed A53 in Staffordshire

Snow in Staffordshire, 21 January 2015
Image caption About three or four inches of snow fell in Flash overnight

Snow closed the A53 in Staffordshire, with driving conditions difficult in parts of the moorlands.

While Leek escaped the worst of the weather, more rural areas around Cheadle and Flash experienced a couple of inches of snow on Tuesday night.

The Met Office had said another 2cm of snow could fall on higher ground in the area through Wednesday morning.

The A53 Leek to Buxton road was closed in both directions near Flash, but reopened later in the morning.

Snow also made conditions difficult on the A521 Delphouse Road, with a number of lorries becoming stuck.

A yellow warning for snow and ice has been in place across the West Midlands.

Image copyright Anthony Swann
Image caption In Warslow, the snow was up to 7cm deep, local resident Anthony Swann said

A number of roads over the Derbyshire border were also closed on Wednesday, including the A54 at the Cat and Fiddle and A57 at Snake Pass.

Mark Deaville, from Staffordshire County Council, said gritting lorries had been out since Tuesday lunchtime.

The Abbey Hill School & Performing Arts College in Meir, Stoke-on-Trent, was closed on Wednesday due to conditions on Box Lane.

Ilam C of E Primary School was also closed on Wednesday.

Image caption Main routes through Staffordshire were gritted through the night

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