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Weather / Most schools closed following overnight snowfall

Public transport is also affected

Lerwick on Monday morning. Photo: Alan Docherty

MOST schools in Shetland are to stay closed today (Monday) following heavy snowfall overnight.

Schools closed today are:

  • In the North Isles – Baltasound Junior High School, Mid Yell Junior High School, Whalsay School and Cullivoe and Burravoe Primary schools
  • In the North Mainland – Brae High School and North Roe, Urafirth, Mossbank, Lunnasting Primary Schools
  • In the West and Central Mainland – Aith Junior High School and Skeld, Happy Hansel, Sandness, Whiteness, Tingwall Primary Schools.

Schools open include:

  • Scalloway and Hamnavoe Primary Schools but no school transport is available
  • Anderson High School but it only has public service buses operating from the South Mainland. There is no dedicated school transport provision
  • Sound Primary School but has no school transport available
  • Bells Brae Primary School is open, as are schools in the South Mainland.
For the latest updates on public transport across Shetland click on the Transport Notification icon at the top of the Shetland News homepage.

School staff are asked to travel only if it is safe to do so.

Meanwhile public transport is also disrupted, with R.Robertson & Son saying all of its bus services – including school transport – are suspended.

Its town service will be reviewed by 8am, with other services reviewed for 9am.

J & DS Halcrow said some of its Westside buses have been cancelled this morning, as well as the Nesting and Tingwall to Anderson High School service.

It said the service 6 and 6A are running to the scheduled timetables, with a further update due at 9am.

R.G. Jamieson and Son said some of its services in Unst and Yell have been cancelled, as well as the 24V to Lerwick.

Police have so far not reported any road traffic collisions , and advise motorist to be extra careful in at times difficult driving conditions.

All flights at Tingwall Airport today have been cancelled, and the Bluemull Sound ferry service is also disrupted. Due to driving conditions there will be no sailings to Fetlar, but this due to be reviewed later in the morning.

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Flights in and out of Sumburgh are operating close to the published timetables.

Meanwhile, engineers from SSEN have restored power to around to 143 households and businesses in the Vidlin area after overhead wires had come down. Electricity was lost for about two hours from just before 10am.

The Shetland News weather page can be found here.

More to follow…

View across to Whalsay this morning. Photo: Shetland News

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