Storm Emma sweeps Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire causing school closures and travel chaos

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Weather conditions continue to worsen across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, leaving hundreds of schools closed and causing travel disruptions.

Storm Emma as it has been named, has caused chaos across the country, particularly in parts of Scotland and Wales.

More than 300 schools have been closed today (March 2) in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent due to the bad weather.

Sutherland Primary Academy became the first school in Stoke-on-Trent to announce that it was closed today, due to pipes freezing which made the toilets unsuitable for use.

Roads have been badly affected by the snow, resulting in multiple road closures across Staffordshire and surrounding areas.

In Stafford, Blackheath Lane was closed between A518 and Tixall Road for around an hour, due to a ‘weather-related’ jack-knifed lorry.

There have been similar disruptions in Cheshire as strong winds, ice and snow crippled the county.

A fallen tree closed Giantswood Lane, Congleton, between Rood Hill and Walfield Avenue for around an hour.

A number of roads continue to remain closed in Cheshire tonight, including the A537 and A54 Cat and Fiddle, which has been closed since last night due to snow drifts.

The A54 from Bosley Crossroads to the Derbyshire border, A523 Macclesfield to Leek Road, B5470 Rainow to Whaley Bridge are all still closed.

Police have said ‘only drive if necessary’ as they are currently experiencing a high volume of weather related calls across the county.

The Central Motorway Police Group tweeted today to be careful along the M6 Southbound due to a collision involving a HGV, between junctions 12 and 13 due to black ice.

Central Motorway Police Group

Train services to and from Stoke-on-Trent have also been disrupted, with some being delayed and cancelled.

Disruptions are expected to continue until March 4.

For more information regarding any travel updates, follow Staffordshire County Council and StaffsLive on Twitter.

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