Take ‘extreme care,’ motorists urged

Borders drivers are being urged to take extra care today and this evening, as the MET office have issued Yellow (Be Prepared) warnings for rain, snow and ice.

The warnings have been issued for Rain/Snow between 9am and 8pm today (Sat 12 December) and an additional Yellow warning for Ice has been issued between 5pm tonight and 10am tomorrow (Sunday 13 December).

This is to reflect the movement of a band of rain and snow from the west which is forecast to continue to spread eastwards this morning, into the afternoon and this evening - giving snow over higher ground with mainly rain at lower levels.

We are expecting 20 to 40mm of rain widespread where it is not snowing – however there are no SEPA flood warnings in place as rivers are not expectedly to rise significantly. The majority of the rain / snow is looking like it may clear at around 4pm this evening. Temperatures will then drop quite quickly and ice is then likely to become a hazard.

Drivers absolutely must take extra care when out and about due to the high risk of snow – localised flooding due to the heavy rain which may lead to icy roads particularly after 5pm.

Jim Fraser, Emergency Planning Officer at SBC explained: “Over the very highest routes, we are expecting around 10cm of snow accumulating, around 200m we could expect 5cm and at low levels we could see some slushy deposits where the rain falls more heavily and turns to snow temporarily.

“SBC will be treating priority routes – but untreated surfaces will be icy this evening. Drivers should take extreme care when travelling. Given the heavy rain and flooding we have already had, combined with more snow and rain forecast – this could lead to hazardous conditions especially on any untreated surfaces.

“Tune in to local radio, check traffic Scotland website and check social media for updates as we may see particularly tricky conditions later today and into this evening.”