All Borders schools to be closed on Wednesday as Amber weather warning extended

Heavy snow on a country road with tyre tracks showing

Published: Tuesday, 27th February 2018

All schools in the Scottish Borders will be closed on Wednesday and are likely to also be closed on Thursday as forecasters are predicting intense snowfall in places

An Amber (Be Prepared) weather warning is in place from 6am on Wednesday to 6pm on Thursday.

Do not travel

Borderers are also being advised to avoid travel during the period covered by the Amber warning.

Snow levels forecast

  • Between 5 and 10cm of snow is anticipated widely during Wednesday and Thursday, with up to 25cm possible in places.
  • By Thursday evening this could accumulate to up to 40cm.
  • Due to the strong winds blizzards are likely, particularly over higher ground, as well as drifting snow.
  • Some of the heaviest snow showers may also include some lightning.

Tracey Logan, Chief Executive

“As a result of the forecast and on the advice of partners we have taken the decision to close schools on Wednesday. It is highly likely that schools will also be closed on Thursday, although this will be reviewed throughout Wednesday and we will do all we can to provide support for senior pupils who are working towards exams.

“With the potential for significant disruption to travel, roads blocked by deep snow, rural communities being cut off and interruptions to power supplies, we are calling on people to get themselves prepared now.

“We would ask residents to make sure they are fully ready for the winter weather, and should keep up to date with the latest information by signing up for SB Alert, listening to local radio and checking SBC’s website and Facebook and Twitter pages.

“Due to the prolonged adverse weather expected, people are also asked to check on elderly or vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours, assisting wherever possible.”

Emergency bunker open

Our Emergency Planning Centre will be open from 5am on Wednesday to manage responses to the weather conditions, alongside partners, including Police Scotland.

Winter maintenance operations will continue throughout the period, focused on keeping main routes open where possible.

However, the heavy snow predicted alongside the very cold temperatures mean conditions are expected to be very difficult. Do not travel unless your journey is absolutely essential.

Due to the expected snowfall it is highly likely that minor routes and many footpaths will not be cleared or treated until Friday at the earliest.

Chief Inspector Andy McLean, Police Scotland’s Local Area Commander for the Lothians and Borders

“The Met Office has highlighted to us that there will be a significant impact on travel and communities where the heaviest snow falls over the coming days, and I would reiterate the advice that people should avoid travel while the Amber warning is in place, and travel with extreme care outwith those times.”

Can you help?

Anyone able to provide care for family or friends during the severe weather this week is asked to contact the client’s care provider directly, or failing that SB Cares on 01896 662701.

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