All school transport cancelled as widespread heavy snow forecast

Heavy snow on a country road with tyre tracks showing

Published: Wednesday, 22nd February 2017

An Amber (Be Prepared) Weather Warning for snow for the whole of the Scottish Borders has been issued by the Met Office, valid from 2am to 6pm tomorrow (Thursday).

Between 10 and 15cm of snow is expected across the Scottish Borders, above 150m. This covers the majority of the region. Over 20cm is possible on higher ground, with strong winds potentially causing drifting snow in places.

Rain and snow is due to move in from the south-west around midnight tonight, but will become persistent throughout the day, and is particularly widespread later in the morning.

School transport cancelled across the Scottish Borders

We have taken the decision to cancel all school transport tomorrow.

Local decisions on school closures will be taken in the morning, and there remains a possibility that the Resilient Schools protocol will be implemented if necessary.

Potential of Resilient Schools being invoked

The Resilient Schools protocol would see 21 rural primary schools closed, with only pupils within walking distance attending schools.

Teachers would go to their local schools.

If this is implemented, parents will be notified directly by Groupcall message.

Find out more about Resilient Schools.

Thursday bin collections

Some waste and recycling collections may be affected. If your bin is not collected due to weather, excess bagged waste will be accepted on the next scheduled collection.

Thursday 23 February Council meeting rescheduled

The Council meeting due to take place tomorrow has been cancelled and rescheduled for Thursday 2 March.

Sign up to receive emergency messaging service

Residents are once again encouraged to register for the free SB Alert emergency messaging system This service sends alerts about weather and other emergencies from ourselves and a range of partners, including Police Scotland.

Jim Fraser, Emergency Planning Officer

“Due to the extent and amount of the snowfall predicted, and following discussion with a range of partners, we have taken the decision to cancel all school transport.

“While there is always the risk that the forecast snow may not be as severe as predicted, we need to make a decision based on the information available at this time.

“The forecast indicates significant snowfall, over a prolonged period that we have not seen for many years. As a result, our winter maintenance will be focussed on keeping priority routes, town centres and priority footpaths clear throughout Thursday.

“While the forecast is better for Thursday night and Friday, because the focus will be on keeping key arterial routes open, some school transport may be affected on Friday where travel conditions on secondary routes may still be difficult.”

Weather warnings

Full details of the weather warning are available on the Met Office website.