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Weather / Be prepared for worsening weather conditions today, council warns

Yell ferry to stop operating early with the last departure from Toft at 6.05pm

WITH the wintry conditions forecast to continue, Shetland Islands Council has taken the unusual step to advise drivers to consider whether they really need to travel today.

Lying snow is already affecting roads across the isles, and conditions have been described as difficult in the North Mainland and the North Isles.

With wind forecast to increase to reach gale force this afternoon and evening, along with more persistent and intense snow showers, road conditions are set to further deteriorate.

Ferry services across Yell Sound will be suspended later today with the last ferry from Ulsta leaving at 5.35pm and the last sailing from Toft departing at 6.05pm

A full list of current cancellations to public transport services can be found here on this page.

A council spokesperson said: “Increased snowdrifts are likely to lead to many roads becoming impassable later.

The B9075 Kergord road on Tuesday. Photo: Elaine Falconer

“Strong winds, drifting snow and deteriorating weather conditions means that Council gritting crews are unlikely to be able to keep roads open.”

Meanwhile, police are reminding people to plan ahead should they need to venture out.

“Before setting off check you have sufficient fuel, warm clothing, food, water and a phone charger in case of delays,” a social media post reads.

A yellow Met Office weather warning is in place until 11am tomorrow (Wednesday). Winds are forecast to ease in the early hours of Wednesday.

The council spokesperson continued: “In the meantime, Shetland Islands Council is asking that people continue to support each other and to look out for any vulnerable neighbours and family members.

“Anyone with an urgent need is asked to contact duty social work on 01595 744468 (during office hours) or 01595 695611 (out of hours). Council staff will do what they can to link anyone to the help they need.”

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