Weather warning extended for Borders as snow showers persist

Borderers are being urged not to travel unless it is absolutely necessary following heavy snowfall overnight, with more on the way.

Tuesday, 9th February 2021, 3:04 pm
Snow at Edington yesterday.

An amber weather warning is in place until 9pm tonight (Tuesday), with the central and northern Borders expected to be worst affected.

An yellow weather warning for snow remains in place for the whole of the Borders until 11.59pm on Wednesday.

Jim Fraser, Scottish Borders Council’s emergency planning officer, said: “In line with the yellow weather warning for snow a number of areas of the Borders have been affected overnight by snow, with 10cm and above in places.

“The Met Office is now forecasting more persistent snow showers across some areas today and as a result has extended the amber warning to include part of the Borders.

“We are likely to see snow at all levels across the whole of the Scottish Borders today so I would urge people to only travel if their journey is essential – in line with current Covid-19 restrictions.”

Earlier today, the A68 was closed at Fala due to overturned vehicles, while the A1 was blocked following a collision at Torness.

Some bus services have been cancelled, and Scottish Borders Council said waste and recycling collections for today and tomorrow could be impacted.

Mr Fraser added: “Our snowploughs and gritters are out clearing our primary road network and will move on to the secondary routes as and when conditions and resources allow.”

For information on the council’s winter services, included arrangements for missed bins, visit www.scotborders.gov.uk/winter