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Snowfall in North Staffordshire: Expectations vs Reality

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Snowfall in North Staffordshire: Expectations vs Reality

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Weather Warnings and Predictions

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The Met Office had issued weather warnings for snow in north Staffordshire, with parts of the county placed under an amber warning from midday. However, the anticipated snowfall did not materialize as expected. Much of the county was spared from a significant covering, leaving some areas beneath a light dusting of snow.

According to the Met Office, the weather warning was issued from 06:00 GMT. The forecast had predicted rain for north Staffordshire up until midday, changing to sleet, with more rain expected in the afternoon followed by sleet. Further, warnings were issued regarding the potential for rural communities to become cut off, power cuts, and travel disruption.

Contrasting Predictions and Results

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While the Met Office predicted heavy snow, low temperatures, and gusty conditions in North Staffordshire, including Stoke on Trent and the Moorlands, the weather mapping service WX Charts predicted a north-south divide in wintry conditions. On the other hand, the BBC disagreed with the Met Office's forecast, predicting heavy rain and sleet instead of heavy snow. National Highways had issued a severe amber weather alert for significant snow, with up to 20cm predicted at the peak of the M62 and A628 Woodhead Pass.

Consequently, parts of north Staffordshire, including Leek, saw some snow earlier in the day. However, the region of Black Country and Staffordshire woke up to rain instead of the predicted snowfall. More rain was expected, with Bewdley Bridge closing due to flood alerts.

Weather Impact and Precautions

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In light of the weather warnings, Staffordshire County Council's crews were working to keep the roads clear, and some schools, including St Bartholomew's Primary School, were closed due to safety concerns. Despite the weather conditions, other parts of the UK were hit by snow, but the Black Country remained unscathed.

The Met Office had warned that there was a chance some rural communities could become cut off and that there was a chance of power cuts. There was also a chance travel could be disrupted. However, the milder air from the south may have caused snow to turn into freezing rain across higher routes above 200 metres, reducing the impact of the expected snowfall.

Future Forecasts

Looking ahead, WX Charts' latest maps show that on February 9, large parts of the country could see snowfall, and more snow looks set to be dumped on February 12. The Met Office is forecasting sleet in North Staffordshire on Thursday, February 8, while the BBC is currently predicting snow throughout Sunday, February 12, and into Monday, February 13, for parts of North Staffordshire.

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