Strong winds caused problems across the district . . . now snow is on the way

THE strong winds caused problems across the Staffordshire Moorlands yesterday (Wednesday).

A motorist has a lucky escape when a falling tree landed on his car while he was travelling through Warslow.

Other trees were also reported to have been blown over by freak gusts at Oakamoor and Cheadle.

Motorists faced disruption at Blythe Bridge after winds damaged the level crossing barrier at the village station and Leek’s weekly outdoor market was cancelled in the interests of safety.

Some power lines were brought down by the winds and Ilam Primary School was forced to close all day because of no electricity.

Staffordshire County Council has gritting teams primed to cope with any problems that will be caused to road users by the forecast snow later.

Elderly people and the vulnerable are being advised to stay indoors and keep warm as freezing temperatures grip the district.

County highways leader Mark Deaville said: “Indications show that snow and freezing conditions are likely to hit much of the county today and into tomorrow.

Our gritting teams are ready to roill to keep Staffordshire on the move. We’re also grateful to our team of community Ice Busters, who are on standby to clear local paths,” he added.

Motorists are urged to take extra care in icy conditions to ensure they and other road users remain safe.