Challenges remain to reopen all roads despite improving conditions

Heavy snow on a country road with tyre tracks showing

Published: Saturday, 3rd March 2018

Despite improving conditions on Saturday, we have continued to face very significant challenges in reopening some routes affected by large snowdrifts and accessing isolated communities.

In addition to these priorities, our Winter Maintenance resources and contractors have been deployed to secondary routes and town centres.

The latest roads information is available on our severe weather page.

Weather forecast

A Yellow (Be Aware) warning for snow and ice is valid from midnight Saturday through until 11.55pm on Monday for almost the whole of the Borders.

Some further snow showers are possible and there may be the chance of some thawing at lower levels, but this will be followed by a drop in temperatures, which brings an ice risk.

Residents and businesses are being urged to remove icicles from buildings due to the risk they pose to public safety.

Health and social care assistance

Due to the prolonged adverse weather, people continue to be asked to check on elderly or vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours, assisting wherever possible.

The 0300 100 1800 number will remain available from 9am to 5pm on Sunday, providing NHS Borders with support for residents who require health or medical assistance during the severe weather period.

Anyone cut off by the snow and with genuine concerns about their food supplies or welfare should also make contact directly using the 0300 100 1800 number. Out of hours, people should call 01896 752111.

Schools

We expect many 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

“Although the weather has been better today we do expect some more snow tomorrow and potentially Monday.

“A number of communities have been isolated by the snow and our Winter Maintenance teams have been working hard to clear routes to them. We have also been able to get on to various secondary routes and carry out additional snow clearance in some towns.

“Following this prolonged spell of adverse weather we raised the matter of financial assistance with the Scottish Government, and it has been confirmed that Scottish Ministers will consider financial assistance for councils under the Bellwin Scheme.

“This scheme exists to give special financial assistance to councils who face an undue financial burden as a result of large-scale emergencies, and we welcome this support being made available.”

More information

Information on how we deal with winter and Frequently Asked Questions are available at www.scotborders.gov.uk/winter