Public urged to avoid travel with amber warning in place until Friday

Heavy snow on a country road with tyre tracks showing

Published: Thursday, 1st March 2018

Alongside our partners, continuing to deal with the impact of the severe weather with continued heavy snowfall affecting the whole of the area.

Weather update

The Amber (Be Prepared) weather warning for snow, which covers the whole of the Scottish Borders, has been extended to 10am tomorrow (Friday) morning. 

An additional Yellow (Be Aware) weather warning for snow is in place for the area until Midnight on Saturday. 

The Red (Take Action) weather warning for northern parts of the Borders finished at 10am today. 

Up to 45cms of snowfall has been reported in some towns, while mountain rescue teams have reported 6ft high drifts in some exposed rural areas. 

Travel

Police Scotland advice continues to be to avoid all travel during the Amber warning period.

Winter maintenance operations are working on key routes but conditions remain very challenging, with drifting snow in many areas leaving a number of A roads impassable.

Schools

Schools will remain closed on Friday. We are aiming to open as many as possible on Monday, prioritising senior years in secondary schools. However, this is weather dependent and we will keep pupils, staff, parents and carers updated.

Elderly/Vulnerable

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 tomorrow (2 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.

Waste services

All waste collections are anticipated to be suspended tomorrow and Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) are also expected to be closed, with staff tasked with assisting with snow clearance. Updates will be provided first thing tomorrow morning on social media.

Tracey Logan, Chief Executive

“We continue to deal with an extremely challenging situation. Heavy snowfall, high winds and freezing conditions are continuing across the area. The Met Office is advising that this is expecting to continue throughout today and into tomorrow.  We also expect conditions to remain challenging over the weekend and into next week.

While the Red weather warning came to an end at 10am this morning, please remember, an Amber warning remains in place til 10am tomorrow and therefore Police Scotland is still urging people to avoid travel.“I would also like to ask people to consider their request before they contact us during this extremely challenging period. We are currently dealing with a Borders-wide emergency incident with a huge number of requests for assistance coming into the emergency bunker - so please only contact us if your request is urgent.”

We have made every effort to respond to the high volume of social media posts and messages on the Facebook page. However, given the circumstances, it has simply been impossible to respond to everyone. 

Other service opening hours on Friday 2 March

Registrars

Galashiels – 9am to 1pm

Melrose – 9am to 1pm

Peebles – 9am to 4pm

Duns – 10am to 12.30pm

Hawick – 9am to 4pm

Eyemouth - closed

Library Contact Centres/Contact Centres

Coldstream, Innerleithen and Selkirk - closed

Duns, Eyemouth, Galashiels, Peebles, Hawick - open as normal

Kelso – open as normal, but with one hour closure from 1pm to 2pm

Any further updates to the opening hours will be provided tomorrow morning.

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