Published: Wednesday, 28th February 2018
All schools in the Scottish Borders will remain closed on Thursday, with significant snowfall throughout today and further snow expected overnight and through much of Thursday.
The Met Office issued a Red (Take Action) weather warning earlier today, valid from 3pm to 10am on Thursday. This incorporates northern parts of the area. The Amber weather warning remains in place until 6pm tomorrow for the whole of the Borders.
Forecast over next few days
Accumulations of up to 40cm are still a strong possibility, however in the Red warning area some areas may see:
- 5cm in an hour
- strong winds
- drifting snow
Snow is likely to persist through the rest of the week and weekend, and potentially into the early part of next week too.
Tracey Logan, Chief Executive
“The conditions have been very challenging today, with significant snowfall throughout the region, with accumulations building up rapidly.
“Some higher routes have also experienced drifting snow, with the A697 between Carfraemill and Greenlaw closed almost all day. Our winter maintenance team have been working throughout the day to keep primary routes open, and will continue through the night on key routes.
“People must heed the warnings from the police about avoiding travel. That remains the advice right through until 6pm tomorrow, unfortunately a number of those who have ignored the advice today have been stranded, or have hindered our snowploughs from clearing routes.”
Emergency Bunker is open
Our Emergency Planning Centre has been open from 6am today to manage responses to the weather conditions alongside partners including Police Scotland, and will remain open overnight and throughout the Amber warning period.
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 continue to be challenging.
Minor routes and footpaths
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.
How can you help?
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.
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.
NHS Borders have postponed all outpatient appointments and non urgent elective procedures scheduled for tomorrow (1 March) at the Borders General Hospital. Outpatient clinics at Community Hospitals have also been postponed. Check the NHS Borders website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.
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