Published: Thursday, 1st March 2018
Throughout the night, the Borders has experienced further heavy snow showers, high winds, drifting snow and freezing conditions.
The Council’s Emergency Planning Centre remained open throughout the night and continues to operate to manage responses to the impact of the weather.
A red weather warning remains in place for northern parts of the area until 10am, with a wider amber weather warning in place until 6pm tonight (Thursday) for the whole of the Borders. Snow is likely to persist through the rest of the week and weekend, and potentially into the early part of next week too.
Police Scotland is urging people not to travel in the areas affected by the red and amber warnings for snow.
Winter maintenance operations have continued overnight on key routes, and this morning are focused on keeping primary routes open. Conditions continue to be very challenging however, with drifting snow in many areas, including on A roads.
Police advice is to avoid all travel.
All schools in the Scottish Borders remain closed today. Schools will also be closed on Friday due to the impact of the significant snowfall on the area. Support and advice continues to be provided to senior pupils preparing for exams and plans are being developed with the aim of opening secondary schools for senior pupils at least on Monday, however this is weather dependent.
All Customer Services Contact Centres are scheduled to be open today from 10am, apart from Coldstream Library Contact Centre and Selkirk Contact Centre (which is closed on a Thursday anyway). Please check our contact centre information for the latest position on opening hours during the severe weather.
All waste collections are suspended today, with staff tasked with assisting with snow clearance.
Tracey Logan, Chief Executive
“Throughout the night, we have seen further heavy snow showers, high winds, drifting snow and very cold conditions. This is resulting in extremely hazardous conditions continuing across the Borders and we are still urging people to avoid travel.
“Our winter maintenance team have been working through the night and are continuing to do their utmost to keep primary routes open. People must heed the warnings from the police about avoiding travel. That remains the advice right through until 6pm tonight, and is in place due to the risk of becoming stranded.”
Due to the prolonged adverse weather, 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 today (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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