A YELLOW warning for snow and ice has been given for the Borders this week,

The Met Office announced the warning this morning (Wednesday), with the warning covering Thursday and Friday (February 8-9).

The warning, which will be in place from 6pm on Thursday until 3pm on Friday could see possible disruption on roads and to rail services in the Borders.

There will also be a risk of injuries from slips and falls on icy patches on untreated roads and pavements.

A Met Office spokesperson said: "Outbreaks of sleet and snow will gradually spread northwards across the warning area on Thursday evening and during Friday.

"Accumulations will vary from place to place and will mainly be across high ground (above about 300 metres) - here, some areas are expected to see 1-3 cm of snow through this period but perhaps as much as 8-10 cm in a few locations.

"Ice will be an additional hazard."

The majority of the Borders is expected to be affected by the weather warning, with coastal areas of the region, such as Eyemouth, not included in the warning coverage area.

This weather warning has a medium likelihood and low impact, according to the Met Office's warning impact matrix.

For more information on the weather warnings in place in the Borders and around the UK, visit the Met Office website.

What to do in snow and ice

Winter weather can cause delays, dangerous travel conditions, and can pose other risks . Taking extra precautions before travelling or setting off on foot can help avoid further issues.

Here are some guides from the Met Office on what is best to do when dealing with snow and ice.


If driving, make sure you have some essentials in your car in the event of any delays (e.g., warm clothing, food, water, a blanket, a torch, ice scraper/de-icer, a warning triangle, high visibility vest and an in-car phone charger). Give yourself the best chance of avoiding delays by checking road conditions if driving, or bus and train timetables, amending your travel plans if necessary.

Staying safe

Keep yourself and your family safe when it is icy. Plan to leave the house at least five minutes earlier than normal. Not needing to rush, reduces your risk of accidents, slips, and falls.

If you need to make a journey on foot, try to use pavements along main roads which are likely to be less slippery. Similarly, if cycling, try and stick to main roads which are more likely to have been treated.

Be prepared

Be prepared for weather warnings to change: when a weather warning is issued, the Met Office recommends staying up to date with the weather forecast in your area.