Snow and ice prompts council’s driver safety warning

Motorists are being advised to drive carefully due to snow and ice.
Motorists are being advised to drive carefully due to snow and ice.

Drivers are being urged to take care on the region’s roads this morning (Friday) after the Met Office issued a Yellow (Be Aware) Weather Warning for snow and ice.

During the morning there is potential for snow to accumulate on ground above 200m, but it may also fall to lower levels for a time.

Currently this is anticipated to affect the southern Scottish Borders, however, Scottish Borders Council (SBC) and partners are continuing to monitor it closely.

Jim Fraser, SBC’s emergency planning officer, said: “Residents should be aware that rain, snow and icy patches could lead to some disruption to travel tomorrow morning. Road surface temperatures may remain below or close to freezing throughout tomorrow morning.

“Whilst this forecast would not normally be a significant problem for us, we are monitoring things very closely given the recent bad weather and our emergency planning centre will be open tomorrow morning as a precaution while school transport is operational.

“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, said: “With the high likelihood of ice forming on untreated routes across the Scottish Borders on Friday morning, I would urge motorists to drive to the condi-
tions.

“Stopping distances in icy conditions are significantly greater than in the dry and drivers should slow down and maintain a greater gap to the vehicle in front.”

The continued spells of adverse weather are proving a challenge for SBC, as the council is faced with dealing with preparing for and responding to the impact whilst still working to ascertain the extent of damage and repairs required from the previous one.