Drivers are being urged to take care on the region’s road tonight (Thursday) and tomorrow morning after the Met Office issued a Yellow (Be Aware) Weather Warning for snow and ice for the Scottish Borders, valid from 7pm tonight until 9am on Friday.
There is potential for some snow over higher routes this evening, however it is then forecast to be largely clear and cold overnight, resulting in widespread frost. Where surfaces remain damp, or are affected by overnight showers, ice will form.
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 late tonight, but particularly 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.”
The Council’s fleet of gritters will be operating on the primary treatment network from 6pm this evening in advance of road temperatures dropping close to and below freezing from 8pm. They will then operate from 6am on Friday morning on primary routes and primary footpaths.
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 later tonight and tomorrow morning, I would urge motorists to drive to the conditions.
“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 in the area are proving a challenge for SBC, as the Council says it is faced with dealing with preparing for and responding to the impacts of each new event whilst still working to ascertain the extent of damage and repairs required from the previous one.