Weather warning: snow coming to Borders

The Met Office has issued a yellow (be aware) warning for snow in the Scottish Borders, while light dustings have been reported in parts of north Northumberland.

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Wednesday, 14th January 2015, 3:41 am
Snow is coming to the Borders.
Snow is coming to the Borders.

A yellow warning for snow and ice is in place across the Borders until midday.

Motorists have been urged to take extra care in snow and icy conditions.

Forecasters have warned more snow is expected after blizzards disrupted travel and closed schools in Scotland yesterday.

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Gritters were out in force in the Borders last night and commuters have been told to expect some delays and cancellations of services.

Network Rail has suspended four train routes and the AA said its crews were ready for a busy 48 hours.

Darron Burness from the AA’s severe weather team said: “It’s a case of ‘expect the unexpected’ and drive accordingly.

“Untreated roads could be slippery, so keep your distance and watch your speed, as things can go wrong very quickly on snow and ice.

“If conditions are bad, even short journeys can take significantly longer, so allow extra time, as some delays are to be expected. Also make sure your car’s windows and lights are clear of snow and frost before heading off.”

The Met Office said yesterday: “There is a risk of two spells of persistent snow. The first of these is likely to cross the amber area on Tuesday evening, with another one affecting the area on Wednesday morning - both of which could produce disruptive snowfall during busy travel periods.

“Meanwhile, snow is likely to continue to accumulate throughout this period on high ground.

“The public should be prepared for the risk of disruption and difficult driving conditions.”

Scottish Borders Council held a teleconference with the Met Office yesterday in conjunction with other partners, including police Scotland, to monitor the situation.

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