Snow update: drivers reminded not to be complacent despite improved conditions

Last night's expected snowfall may not have been as bad as expected across the Borders, but police are still warning drivers to be extra cautious.

Thursday, 18th January 2018, 12:14 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th January 2018, 12:17 pm
Kelso's Bridge Street after a recent snowfall.

This morning’s rush hour saw minimal disruption to the road network, so Police Scotland reduced the advice to Stage 2 – travel with caution.

However, the latest Met Office yellow weather warning for snow and ice is in force until the early hours of Saturday, so people are reminded not to be complacent ... the weather could change quickly and further warnings may be issued.

Head of road policing for Police Scotland, Chief Superintendent Stewart Carle, said: “Road conditions have improved overnight with less snow falling than was expected. As a result of this, and motorists heeding our messages and driving to the conditions this morning, we are now able to advise everyone that despite there no longer being a high risk of disruption, there is still a need for all drivers to take extra caution.

“This means that you should continue to make sure you have sufficient fuel for your journey, and have supplies such as warm clothing, food, water and a fully charged mobile phone, before heading out. Be fully informed by checking the @PoliceScotland, @TrafficScotland and @MetOffice Twitter feeds before you travel to get the latest information and forecasts.

“No-one should ever place themselves at risk on the road and there are alternative arrangements you can make such as delaying travel until conditions improve or using public transport.

“The yellow warning for snow and ice is now in place, and with our partners we will continue to keep you updated whether conditions improve or worsen, and if there are any incidents that affect the road network.”