Borderers warned of dangers of freezing rain

icicles hanging from rear bumper and rear car tyre on snowy road

Published: Friday, 14th December 2018

An Amber Weather Warning for ice has been issued by the Met Office, valid from 10am on Saturday to 6am on Sunday, with a risk of freezing rain across the Scottish Borders.

Freezing rain expected

Freezing rain is forecasted to move in from the west during Saturday morning, reaching the western edges of the Scottish Borders around midday. Conditions are expected to persist throughout the day, clearing in the early hours on Sunday.

Tracey Logan, Chief Executive of Scottish Borders Council

“Freezing rain is exceptionally dangerous as the rain freezes on contact with roads, pavements, vehicle windscreens and power lines, making conditions treacherous.

“Our winter maintenance operations will be in place throughout Saturday to manage the conditions as required, however people should take extreme care if they are out and about tomorrow. There is a significant risk of slips, trips and falls due to the conditions, even on treated surfaces.”

Low temperatures, snow and wind

It is anticipated that air temperatures will not rise above freezing at all tomorrow. There is also a chance of snow on higher ground throughout the day and into the evening, and winds of up to 50mph on the east coast are also likely.

Police travel advice

Police Scotland is advising drivers that there is a high risk of disruption in all areas due to the conditions, with significant delays possible.

Chief Inspector Andy McLean, Local Area Commander

“Winter driving is a question of common sense and all drivers should ask themselves if they really need to travel when conditions are poor.

“No-one should ever place themselves at risk on the road and it may be worth making alternative arrangements. If you are travelling on the roads you should ensure you and your vehicle are adequately prepared for the conditions, making sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food and water in the event you are delayed for several hours. Charge your mobile phone and plan your route as well as alternative routes.”

The Emergency Planning Centre in the Bunker at HQ will be open from 10am to manage any necessary response in conjunction with partners.