Weather Disruption info
The aim of this page is to bring together into one place, all the information relating to disruption that has been caused to Council services by the weather. MET office weather warnings can be viewed at www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings
Our homepage www.shetland.gov.uk, will carry breaking news on things like school closures, but updates will be available throughout the day through this page. We will also issue alerts on Twitter. This page will, of course, be in addition to the already well established way in which we work with the local media to get information of this nature out to the public. We are committed to developing this further, so any thoughts / suggestions you have will be appreciated.
Winter road treatment 2012/13 - download information on changes to services and priority routes (PDF)
Roads Weather Stations (available winter only)
If you require a road condition report during adverse weather conditions, contact:
Roads - tel: 01595 744866
(Office hours, extended during bad snow conditions)
(in an emergency, you may contact the Police on 01595 692110)
Public Transport Information
Buses, School & ASN Transport, Social Work Transport, Inter-island air services
Contact tel: 01595 744868 (office hours)
Library Van Information
Bin Bag Collection Information
Information about any disruption to bin bag collection will appear here when available.
Where else to look / listen
If there is a likelihood of serious disruption caused by snow, BBC Radio Shetland will be on air. They are able to broadcast a bulletin at 06:54, 07:26 just before Radio Orkney, 07:57 just before the eight o'oclock news and then, if needed, later bulletins at 08:26 and just before nine. These will normally provide updates from the Head of Schools and Roads Inspector. The Shetland News website will also carry regular updates, as will The Shetland Times.
SIBC (96.2 FM) carries messages on morning decisions of closure over the breakfast period at approximately ten minute intervals, including within all news bulletins, starting from the time of the decision, (usually around 06:30), until just after 08:30. SIBC also have a Twitter feed which is worth checking. Messages of closures and the sending home of pupils during the day are carried from the time of decision and then every three to four minutes at first and then at wider intervals and in all news bulletins for the required period. When a decision to close is taken the afternoon before, including a Sunday, this is carried frequently at first, and within all news bulletins, including those on the half hour, then at hourly intervals within all hourly news bulletins during the evening and through the night and the next morning's breakfast period.Where it has been decided not to close all schools, it will be up to Head Teachers to make a decision on closing their school, based on local conditions. These updates won’t be carried on Radio Shetland bulletins, but will appear on this page and will be carried on the Shetland News website and SIBC in the normal way.