LATEST: Snow warning extended

Hazardous winter driving conditions in ice and snow
Hazardous winter driving conditions in ice and snow

Scottish Borders Council has issued a reminder that the most recent Yellow Weather Warning for wind remains in place across the Borders until 6pm today. Gusts of up to 70mph are forecast across the region.

The Yellow Weather Warning for rain, which was valid until 12 noon, was removed by the Met Office at around 7.30am.

Residents should continue to expect disruption across the region’s road network and motorists should drive with care.

However, the Yellow Weather Warning for snow and wind for Saturday has now been extended and now runs from 6pm Friday (today) to 6pm on Saturday.

The Emergency Planning Bunker has been open since 12 noon on Thursday, with a multi-agency team in place. It will remain open until further notice.

We have put in place plans with partners and emergency services to ensure we can respond effectively to the impact of Storm Gertrude.

Jim Fraser, Emergency Planning Officer, said: “Fortunately we did not see any major impact from the rainfall overnight and early this morning, however the wind did pick up towards the end of the Amber warning period.

“We are continuing to work closely with our partners, the Met Office and SEPA to plan for further impacts of Storm Gertrude over the coming days, especially in relation to the snow and wind expected later today and into Saturday evening.”