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M6 warning as blizzards hit Staffordshire and snow sprinkles on Black Country

By Andrew Turton | Staffordshire | Transport | Published:

Drivers were warned to take care after a spate of crashes as snow fell on the M6 this afternoon.

Snow in Hopton, near Stafford. Photo: SnapperSK

Heavy snow showers arrived in Staffordshire and light snow landed in the Black Country as the region continued to recover from the aftermath of Storm Ciara.

A yellow warning for snow and ice was issued by forecasters at the Met Office this afternoon, while police warned motorists to take care on roads after snow fell on the M6 near Cannock, Stafford and Stoke.

Staffordshire Police warned drivers to take care on the motorway after heavy snow caused "a number of collisions".

The M6 was blocked northbound for around an hour at Junction 10A for the M54 and Junction 11 at Cannock.

A police spokesman said: "Weather conditions on the M6 in the Staffordshire Police area are very poor at the moment due to heavy snow and we're dealing with a number of collisions.

"If you really need to venture out then please drive appropriately for the conditions."

Snow in Hopton, near Stafford. Photo: SnapperSK

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Meanwhile several centimetres of snow landed in Hopton, just north of Stafford, and slight snow showers blew into Wolverhampton city centre as temperatures sunk to 4C (39F).

Forecasters said some parts of the country could see blizzards and a build-up of up to 20cm of snow, while more than 200 flood warnings remained in place this morning.

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The snowfall followed a weekend which saw the region battered Storm Ciara's high winds and rainfall.

Train services continued to be disrupted this morning due to fallen trees and debris on the lines, with buses initially replacing rail services between Rugeley and Walsall.

Staffordshire Police warned motorists to avoid any non-essential travel this afternoon, adding: "We are having traffic difficulties in a number of places due to the snow."

And West Bromwich Albion tweeted a video of snow showers as their Premier League 2 side played Newcastle United in a Premier League Cup game at the club's training ground in Great Barr afternoon.

A driver was killed after a tree fell on to his car and more than 20,000 homes were left without power as Storm Ciara whipped across the country on Sunday.

The 58-year-old man, from Micheldever, in Hampshire, was pronounced dead at the scene on the A33 after the tree toppled as he was driving his Mercedes from Winchester to Micheldever just before 4pm.

Meanwhile Western Power Distribution – which covers the West Midlands, East Midlands, the south west and south Wales – said that as of 8am on Monday 2,000 homes were without supply.

A tree down in West Park, Wolverhampton, during Storm Ciara

Network Rail said that thousands of its engineers had “battled horrendous conditions” throughout Sunday and overnight into Monday in a bid to clear tracks and repair damage after strong winds blew tress, sheds, roofs and trampolines and other debris on to the railway on Sunday, blocking tracks and bringing down overhead power lines.

Andrew Turton

By Andrew Turton
Digital Journalist

Digital journalist based at the Express & Star's head office in Wolverhampton. Interested in breaking news and social media. Get in touch on Twitter @aturton_star or andrew.turton@expressandstar.co.uk

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