Weather warnings remain in place for further snow

Lloyd Doyle
March 5, 2018

Schools across Scotland are set to remain closed again today as part of the country remains under a red weather warning.

Pupils across the country are enjoying a "snow day" with all schools shut in the East Dunbartonshire Council, City of Edinburgh Council, Falkirk Council, Fife Council, Scottish Borders Council, Stirling Council, and East Renfrewshire Council areas.

"The police are advising in the amber area don't travel on the roads but we're still seeing busy roads, incidents on them, cars coming off the roads, HGVs blocking and losing traction, and that stops our gritters getting out and on to the roads and keeping it clear, so the message is quite clear - avoid travel on these roads".

On Thursday over 300 schools were closed due to the adverse weather conditions and on Friday there are a similar amount of closures planned.

"We are right on the cusp, we are at the strongest possible amber warning, and right on the cusp of potentially becoming a red".

As well as the red alert - which has never before been issued for Scotland, England or Northern Ireland - amber warnings have also been issued for the north-east of England and the central belt of Scotland.

"Even after the red warning is lifted, large parts of Scotland will still be subject to high level amber weather warnings for snow. That means a high likelihood of a high impact so that could be not just treacherous but frankly risky if you travel".

"Strong winds will lead to drifting of snow and severe wind chill, while lightning could be an additional hazard, particularly near coasts". Snow showers are still expected throughout the day and a yellow warning is in place throughout today and into the weekend.

Trains, planes and ferries are also likely to be affected, with a wind chill that could see parts of the United Kingdom feeling as cold as minus 15C (5F).

A further meeting of the Scottish Government's Resilience Room has been held, chaired by the Deputy First Minister and attended by Mr Yousaf, to prepare for the forecast.

Police Scotland have urged people not to drive this morning unless it is an emergency.

The Roads Service said driving conditions will be hard and urged road users to leave more time for their journeys if they have to travel.

"Snow is already falling in some areas, and drivers should make sure they are prepared for their journey with warm clothing, food and drink, sufficient fuel and a charged mobile phone".

"If you're planning to travel by rail, ferry or air, please check with your operator ahead of time".

Yellow: Severe weather expected.

Efforts are continuing to get services across Scotland up and running in the wake of the extreme weather which hit the country this week. Widespread damage, travel and power disruption and risk to life is likely.

Met Office advice for such alerts is to "avoid unsafe areas and follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities".

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