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THE RETURN of winter is to bring major disruption to drivers over the next few days and ferry journeys are also likely to be affected by the strong winds.
The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the Shetland area forecasting widespread icy roads and heavy snow starting on Wednesday night and running through Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Shetland Islands Council has set up a web page to highlight any disruption caused by the weather, including road conditions, ferry stoppages and school closures. The website can be accessed at www.shetland.gov.uk/adverseweather and will include links to NorthLink and Loganair’s websites.
Police are warning drivers to take extra care, drive slowly and show common sense, carrying warm clothing, a blanket, snow shovel, a fully charged mobile phone and making sure the petrol tank is at least half full before setting off.
NorthLink have advised that there could well be disruption over the next few days with Thursday’s sailings from Aberdeen and Lerwick are under review and Wednesday night’s boat is not calling at Kirkwall.
Police have advised people to pay attention to local media to keep up to date with the latest information about road conditions.
Regular updates will also be published on www.northern.police.uk, but people are asked not to call 999 unless it is a real emergency. Information will also be available on Shetland Islands Council’s website www.shetland.gov.uk.
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