LATEST: Ice and snow warning extended

11/03/13 PA File Photo of a car driving through snow in Folkestone, Kent. See PA Feature MOTORING Column. Picture credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Photos. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature MOTORING Column
11/03/13 PA File Photo of a car driving through snow in Folkestone, Kent. See PA Feature MOTORING Column. Picture credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Photos. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature MOTORING Column

Following an updated weather forecast in the early hours of this morning (Friday), snow is now expected to affect large parts of the Scottish Borders throughout the day.

In addition, temperatures are anticipated to remain close to freezing throughout the day.

The Met Office has updated the Yellow (Be Aware) Weather Warning for snow and ice for the region and this in now in force until 5pm today.

Some of the snow will be heavy and could bring accumulations of 5 to 10cm on ground over 200m, which affects a significant number of routes in the Scottish Borders, with up to 3cm settling to low levels in some places.

Scottish Borders Council (SBC) and partners are continuing to monitor the forecast closely.

Gritters operated on the primary salting routes from 6pm last night and have been out since 6am this morning treating these and the primary footpath network.

Following completion of the primary network, gritters will start operating on secondary routes this morning.

The Council’s Emergency Planning Centre was open this morning to cover school transport times and will be open again from midday for school transport return journeys.

Jim Fraser, SBC’s Emergency Planning Officer, said: “The forecasted weather will impact on road conditions in a number of areas of the Borders today and residents should be prepared for difficult road conditions and travel disruption in some places.

“We would encourage residents to keep up to date with the latest situation in the morning via our website and social media channels and also through local radio.”

Chief Inspector Andy McLean, Police Scotland’s Local Area Commander for the Scottish Borders, added: “Motorists should drive to the conditions and maintain safe stopping distances, bearing in mind that in snow or ice these are significantly greater than in the dry.”

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