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Weather / Another day at home for bairns as schools to remain closed on Friday

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WITH THE snow set to stay put, Shetland Islands Council has made the decision to keep all schools and nurseries closed again on Friday.

It means for many bairns it will be a fifth day in a row at home. UHI Shetland is also closing its Lerwick and Scalloway campuses.

It is only on Saturday when the snow may begin to properly thaw.

Shetland will be under a yellow weather warning for snow and ice until 3pm on Friday.

There will be a review of bus services at 9am tomorrow, and inter-island ferries may be disrupted. Anyone planning to travel by bus is advised to check the public bus voicebank in the morning on 01595 745744.

Gritting crews will continue to clear snow but continued snow showers will make road conditions hazardous, with reduced visibility at times.

Household waste and recycling collections will be also reviewed tomorrow morning.

Anyone needing urgent support during the current cold snap is asked to contact the council’s duty social work service on 01595 744468 (during office hours) or 01595 695611 (out of hours).

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.

The council also referenced the recent sighting of a beluga whale in Northmavine and said nature watchers are “urged to consider whether any journeys to the Shetland coast are necessary given the current weather conditions, especially on rural single track roads”.

“It is essential to keep these roads clear for key workers, emergency services and for snow clearance operations,” a spokesperson added.

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