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Snow returns to Northumberland and the Borders

Hedge rows loaded with snow lining the roads

Hedge rows loaded with snow lining the roads

Police are advising road users to take care after snowfall throughout Monday, which is expected will continue today. While most main roads across the area are passable with care, many secondary roads are slushy or snow covered. Most minor and rural roads have coverings of snow and ice.

FORECAST

Snow showers will continue, with temperatures remaining at or near freezing.

SCHOOLS

Based on the information from the Met Office, a decision has been made to allow Borders schools to operate as normal on Tuesday. Council officials will be reviewing the situation throughout the night and parents should tune into local radio first thing in the morning for any changes.

Parents should also keep checking the Council website and social media feeds where information will be published as quickly as possible.

In north Northumberland, transport is easier, although Ford First School and The Grove Special School were both closed. Ellingham C of E Aided First School will be closed on Tuesday (January 22) due to a worsening heating problem, as will Glendale Middle School.

ROADS

All Borders gritting crews are out treating roads and footpaths affected by snow. Crews have been pre-salting the primary road network from 3.30pm this afternoon and night crews will start at 6pm to continue to treat roads through the night. Most roads are passable with care but drivers should continue to be aware of hazardous conditions. Social Work Services Social work offices have all been open today but the situation is being monitored. Home Care is operating in accordance with their priority grading to ensure that everyone who needs a call gets one. In an emergency, residents should call 0300 1800 100 (and select option 4) during normal working hours and the Emergency Duty Team on 01896 752111 out of normal working hours. The British Red Cross has been deployed to assist in a 4x4 vehicles to get carers to calls in the Greenlaw area. Over the weekend and today, 25 offenders have also been out clearing snow throughout the Borders and working on pavements in and around schools, care homes and day centres. The team will continue to assist SBC gritting teams where required throughout the day tomorrow.

There are currently three roads closed in Berwickshire due to snow drifting: the B6355 Duns-Preston; C78 Duns-Gifford and A697 Greenlaw-Cafraemill and there has been an accident on the A1 at Grantshouse.

Northumbria Police are advising road users to take additional care on the region’s roads in the current icy conditions, with further snow forecast.

Chief Superintendent Gary Calvert said: “There remain widespread icy conditions and freezing temperatures, and as such drivers are advised to take care on the roads.

“Adverse weather has been forecast, as such people should ensure they take precautions, only go out if it’s necessary, and if they do need to go out to make sure they wrap up warm and drive carefully.

The AA has warned drivers to prepare for wintry conditions and to guard against the threat of black ice.

RAIL

Rail operator East Coast changed its ticket restrictions for rail passengers on Friday due to the heavy snow, which caused delays.

An East Coast spokesman said: “We are constantly monitoring predicted weather conditions along our route.

“Our people are working hard to prepare our trains and stations as well as we can. Additional engineering teams will be based at key points on our route to keep trains moving, while Network Rail has snowploughs ready to keep tracks clear.

“Our advice to customers is please check for the latest information before setting out, and allow extra time to reach stations as road conditions are expected to deteriorate through the day.”

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