Published: Friday, 2nd March 2018
We are continuing to make significant efforts to open key routes across the area and reach isolated communities, but extremely challenging conditions remain.
Efforts continue to open key routes and clear snow around towns
Strong winds are causing drifting snow on many routes, particularly on higher and exposed roads. A significant number of roads remain closed and impassable due to snow.
Our Winter Maintenance resources have been focused on opening and maintaining the priority network, however additional resources have been deployed to assist isolated communities and to clear secondary and town routes and footpaths. Efforts to clear snow in town centres will continue over the weekend.
People are urged to only travel if absolutely necessary.
A Yellow (Be Aware) warning for snow is valid through until 11.55pm on Saturday for the whole of the Borders, with an additional Yellow warning for most of area until late Monday.
Strong winds will continue throughout the weekend, with some further snowfall likely, the heaviest showers potentially bringing up to 5cm in some places. The eastern Borders are most likely to experience the worst of the weather over the weekend.
Health and social care assistance
Due to the prolonged adverse weather, people are also asked to check on elderly or vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours, assisting wherever possible.
We are providing NHS Borders with support for residents who require health or medical assistance during the severe weather period.
A News Release was issued earlier today advising that the 0300 100 1800 number will take calls for support. This is in place until 5pm today and from 9am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Out of hours people should call 01896 752111.
Anyone who has been cut off by the snow and has genuine concerns about their food supplies or welfare should also make contact directly using the 0300 100 1800 number.
We expect some school closures to still be in place on Monday, particularly in rural areas. A full assessment is underway and information will be issued on Sunday to parents and media.
Tracey Logan, Chief Executive
“The past three days have been extremely challenging for the Council and our partners and we continue to face difficulties, including strong winds and drifting snow and more snowfall forecast for the weekend.
“Our teams have been working hard 24 hours a day to clear snow from priority routes and we have brought in additional resources to help tackle secondary and town routes. The assistance of mountain rescue teams have also proved invaluable in helping us to provide health and social care services to vulnerable clients.
“Although the forecast for the weekend is better than the last couple of days, more snow will continue to make recovery from this situation challenging, but we will do all we can to have things back to as close as normal on Monday. This is weather dependent though, and we do anticipate that some schools will remain closed on Monday."
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