Adverse Weather Information

Service disruption due to weather

Details of any weather related disruption to Council services across Shetland will be listed here.

Severe Weather Disruptions 

*** Updated 0930hrs - Wed 17th January 2024 ***

The Met Office has issued an AMBER Weather Warning of Snow from 1500hrs on Wed 17th to 1800hrs on Thu 18th January 2024

"Further frequent, occasionally heavy, snow showers will affect the Northern Isles and northwest Scotland through Wednesday evening and Thursday with an additional 5-10 cm of snow likely, and the potential for a further 15-20 cm of snow in a few locations

"In addition strengthening northerly then northwesterly winds will cause lying snow to drift."

Met Office Weather Warnings


We will issue alerts on our Facebook page and on Twitter.

Scottish and Southern Energy Networks

For updates on network outages following extreme weather please check the SSEN Website, Facebook page or Twitter Feed

Power outages and damage to poles or cables should be reported by calling 105 or using the Power Track App

The public are urged not to approach any fallen power lines.

Ready Scotland

Ready Scotland also provides useful information to prepare and respond to severe weather. 

Roads Information

Roads Weather Stations

If you require a road condition report during adverse weather conditions, contact:

Roads - tel: 01595 744866

(Office hours, extended during bad snow conditions)
(you can also contact the Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency)

Schools Notices

Our schools' contact information is available in our schools directory

Public Bus Services Information

Latest news of any disruption to public or school bus services will be available on the Voicebanks below:

  • Bus services voicebank - 01595 745744
  • School Transport voicebank - 01595 745743

Bus timetables are available at: or at

Inter-island Ferries Information

Service Status - check if your ferry is running:

  • Voicebanks-;will have the latest updates:
    • Bluemull 01595 743971
    • Yell 01595 743972
    • Whalsay 01595 743973
    • Bressay 01595 743974
    • Skerries 01595 743975
    • Papa Stour 01595 743977
    • Fair Isle 01595 743978
  • Please see the Bookings page for contact details. Online bookings can also be made

Day Care Services

Day Care Service provision at our care centres may be affected with the adverse weather. Service users will be contacted directly by staff to discuss alternative provision. Anyone with queries on this service should contact the relevant care centre.

Off-island travel

Youth Clubs

For more information on Youth Clubs across Shetland contact 01595 744490 or email

Library Van Information

Please phone the Library on 01595 743868 for information
The Library website will be updated as soon as possible if there are changes

Games Hall Information

For any weather related queries about the opening of our Games Halls please contact Sport & Leisure on 01595 744006 during office hours.

Where else to look / listen

BBC Radio Shetland (92.7 FM) will be on air with the lunchtime bulletins at 12.30pm and in the evening bulletin at 5.30pm. In the morning, any school closures in Shetland may be broadcast on BBC Radio Orkney (also 92.7 FM) from 7.30-8.00am.

Updates will also be provided on the BBC Radio Shetland Facebook page at:

SIBC (96.2 FM) carries regular messages on morning decisions of school closures over the breakfast period. Messages of closures during the day are normally included in all news bulletins.

The Shetland News website will also carry regular updates, as will The Shetland Times.