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Weather / Schools to be closed on Thursday

Lerwick on Tuesday morning. Photo: Jim Mullay

ALL schools in Shetland will be closed again on Thursday as the wintry weather continues.

Most schools and nurseries have been closed since Monday.

The Met Office has placed Shetland under an amber weather warning for snow from 3pm today until 6pm on Thursday.

An amber warning is more severe than the yellow one which the isles were placed under on Monday and Tuesday.

The Shetland emergency planning forum met this afternoon with local partner agencies discussing responses to the current cold snap.

All public bus services are cancelled for the rest of the day, as well as all flights to and from Sumburgh Airport. Inter-island ferries for Yell and Bluemull Sound will finish up earlier than usual today.

Many places already deciding to close up tomorrow, including the UHI Shetland campuses, some leisure centres and Mareel.

Early morning public bus services are unlikely to operate tomorrow. Anyone planning to travel by bus is advised to check the public bus voicebank in the morning on 01595 745744.

While road conditions are still difficult and weather is still wintry, anyone needing urgent support is asked to contact the council’s duty social work service on 01595 744468 (during office hours) or 01595 695611 (out of hours).

The SIC said staff will do what they can to provide support to anyone needing urgent help in the community.

Council-run youth clubs, the youth and employability service, and the additional support base will be closed tomorrow. Eric Gray @ Seafield will also be closed to service users tomorrow.

Power outages can reported by calling 105 or by using the PowerTrack app, which also allows tracking of faults in local areas.

Meanwhile Shetland News is unable to provide coverage of cases at Lerwick Sheriff Court today due to road conditions affecting travel into the town.

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