Emergency services issue warning to motorists following dangerous snowfall

Emergency services are urging the public to avoid travelling following dangerous amounts of snowfall across Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, West Midlands Ambulance Service and the British Army are currently dealing with multiple reports of vehicles becoming stuck in deep snow on the A53 and A523 near Leek and are working around the clock to rescue those inside. 

Both roads remain closed to ensure public safety and specialist rescue vehicles have been deployed to the area, including support from local farmers and agricultural vehicles. Gritters and snow blowers have been working overnight and continue to clear routes where possible, although extreme snowfall in some areas of the region have made this increasingly difficult.

A major incident has not been declared in Staffordshire, although the situation remains serious.

Chief Fire Officer Rob Barber, from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “A number of emergency services are doing everything at their disposal to get to those in need and bring them to safety.

“We’re urging the public not to make any journeys unless absolutely necessary. Road conditions are seriously dangerous across Staffordshire and increasing snowfall is making visibility a major cause for concern.

“If you do need to make a journey, please try and stick to main roads where possible and plan your route in advance. Take a winter kit with you – including water, de-icer, food, warm clothes, blankets, torches, footwear and a shovel.”

More essential information on how to stay safe can be found here: Travelling in winter - National Highways

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