Amber warning of snow
The Met Office has issued a ‘Be Prepared’ Amber warning for snow in Midlothian from 3pm today (Wednesday) until 10am on Thursday morning.
Up to 20cms on higher ground
We could see up to 20 centimetres of snow falling on higher ground in areas like Penicuik and Mayfield by Thursday morning with accumulations of up to 10 centimetres on lower ground.
Gritters out now and all night
All gritters will be out today with snow scrapers, treating almost 400 kilometres of priority roads such as main roads and routes to hospitals. Crews will remain out overnight and will be joined by teams to clear priority pavements and footpaths from 5am tomorrow morning.
Extra grit and staff
One tonne of grit has been delivered for community use to locations including Penicuik, Gorebridge, Mayfield, Easthouses, Newtongrange and Dalkeith. More grit is coming for Bill Russell Grove, Gibraltar and Shade Park areas, Dalkeith Miners car park, and the car park at Cowden Pavilion, all in Dalkeith, today.
Eight of the sport and leisure staff have been redeployed to fill grit bins and 14 of our land and countryside team will be treating pavements in some outlying villages, not on the normal treatment routes.
Potential risk to life and property
The Amber warning means there is an increased likelihood of the possibility of travel delays, road and rail closures, power cuts and the potential risk to life and property.
School updates if needed tomorrow morning
If there are problems opening schools because of the snow, we will let parents and carers know as soon as possible in the morning via our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts and Radio Forth.
Police warn not to travel
Midlothian Area Commander of Police Scotland Arron Clinkscales is urging local people to “only travel when absolutely necessary and if you have to, please drive carefully”. He added: “Midlothian Community Action Team will be on patrol with my response officers to deal with any vulnerable members of the community who may need our help during this difficult time.”