26th May 2018
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More heavy snow and northerly gales expected tonight

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Eight schools remained closed this morning (Tuesday) following further heavy snow last night, with further snow expected later on today.

Despite signs of improvement this morning the Met Office issued a weather warning for the isles, forecasting a heavy fall of snow tonight. In the meantime, however, the council’s roads department reported no major problems on major routes today.

Aith Junior High School stayed closed this morning along with the schools at Happyhansel, Nesting, Sandness, Skeld, Tingwall, Uyeasound and Whiteness. However, Uyeasound did open its doors within an hour to allow lessons to continue.

Last night snowploughs operated a convoy system ahead of the buses as they left the town. However, a spokesman for the SIC’s roads service said there were no plans to repeat the exercise tonight.

“The main roads are all down to the black.  They are all clear north and south, although the side roads are still a bit slushy, but JCBs are out working on minor roads to clear them up,” he said.

“It is freezing in places where there the sun doesn’t get through, but all the gritters have finished their routes and most of them are back.”

Despite more pleasant conditions today, forecasters expect prolonged and heavy snow showers to fall in the afternoon and evening as northerly gales develop.

Conditions should improve overnight as winds ease and showers become lighter and scattered.  A widespread frost is expected. Tomorrow is expected to bring scattered wintry showers with light winds.

About Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor has worked as a reporter since 1995, and has been at The Shetland Times since 2007, covering a wide variety of news topics. Before then he reported for other newspapers in the Highlands, where he was raised, and in Fife, where he began his career with DC Thomson. He also has experience in broadcast journalism with Grampian Television. He has lived in Shetland since 2002, where he harbours an unhealthy interest in old cars and motorbikes.

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