Adverse weather causes problems across North Staffordshire

MORE than 180 schools in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are shut today because of the adverse weather conditions.

It is not just the health and safety concerns about snow and ice underfoot and on approach roads that has caused schools to close.

In some cases, like All Saints First School, in Leek, frozen pipes have influenced the decision to not open.

Accumulating snow and below-freezing temperatures are also causing problems for motorists across the district.

Gritters and snowploughs are out and about battling to keep key routes open.

The temperature in parts of the Staffordshire Moorlands dipped to as low as -8deg C overnight.

The Met Office has announced a yellow weather warning is in force across North Staffordshire until midnight.

First Potteries say alterations have had to be made to a number of their bus services because of treacherous road conditions.

Service 18 Leek – Hanley is terminating at Leek bus station and will not be serving the Haregate estate until further notice.

The A53 Leek to Buxton road remains closed to traffic because of heavy snow with many roads in neighbouring Derbyshire impassable.

Motorists faced delays on the A523/B5053 this morning because of a collision at Bottomhouse crossroads near Leek.