All gritters and snowploughs out tonight

Wednesday February 22nd 2017

Get Ready for Winter

The Met office is forecasting sleet will turn eventually to snow overnight in Midlothian with up to 5 centimetres falling at low levels and significant accumulations on higher ground on Thursday morning.

From 21:00 tonight all of Midlothian council HGV gritters and snowploughs will be out, initially treating and clearing snow from priority routes. The policy is to treat priority routes first, for example roads to schools and hospitals. It’s only once they have been treated that the crews move on to secondary roads and finally, mainly residential streets.

Should the forecast be correct it is very unlikely that the council will get to the tertiary routes before Thursday night and possibly into Friday.

From 05:00 additional resources will be deployed on footways and pavements.

Given the likelihood of snowfalls coupled with drifting winds, there could be potential significant disruption during the morning rush hour.

The council’s advice is to heed travel warnings and/or use public transport.

For more information on priority routes and the council’s severe weather policy visit

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