AROUND half of Shetland’s schools were closed today (Wednesday) as a consequence of some heavy snowfalls over night.
The council’s schools service closed three junior high schools in Aith, Baltasound and Mid Yell, and 12 primary schools, mainly in the north and west.
They are Uyeasound, Cullivoe, Burravoe, Lunnasting, Olnafirth, Urafirth, North Roe, Ollaberry, Whiteness, Happyhansel, Sandness and Skeld.
School transport in some areas where schools were open was also affected with some operators deciding not to collect pupils from some country roads.
Areas affected were North Nesting, Lower Gulberwick, and Fleck, Voe and North Town in the south mainland.
Police advised this morning not to travel at all unless ”journeys are extremely necessary”.
They said that rural roads north of Lerwick have had areas of particularly heavy snow over night, with strong winds causing drifting snow with the result that some sections of road are treacherous.
Sergeant Bruce Gray said: “If travelling please ensure that vehicles are fully road worthy, including tyre and lighting checks and sensible precautions are taken in the event of becoming stuck in snow such as packing suitable winter clothing.”