Severe weather update: schools to remain closed tomorrow (Tuesday 30 Nov)

All Council schools in Edinburgh will remain closed tomorrow, Tuesday, due to the ongoing severe weather conditions.

With more snow forecast and temperatures predicted to plummet to as low as minus 10, members of the public are being warned to expect further disruption to services over the coming days, with some Council facilities closed.

Councillor Robert Aldridge, Environment Leader, said: "We're dealing with an unprecedented situation here: more snow has fallen in the last 72 hours or so than we had in Edinburgh over the span of a few weeks last winter - approximately 14 inches of snow has fallen since Friday evening and more is on the way.

"The Council's staff are doing an incredible job in extremely challenging conditions, working around the clock to keep essential roads open, caring for vulnerable people and maintaining essential services. We are anticipating continued severe weather into tonight and tomorrow and will bring forward updates regarding service provision as soon as these are available."

The City of Edinburgh Council 's fleet of gritters and mini-tractors have been working round the clock since Friday evening to keep the city's main roads open as the unprecedented snowfall continued.

As much as fourteen inches of snow are estimated to have fallen in Edinburgh since 8pm on Friday and more than 1,200 tons of salt have been used in response.

The Council's entire fleet of gritters and mini-tractors have been working around the clock since Friday evening to keep the city's principal routes (main bus routes and roads to hospitals, etc) open.

Seventy five roads staff are working, and additional staff have been mobilised from other duties such as street cleaning and parks. These additional staff are working to clear footpaths, particularly in shopping areas and sheltered housing schemes. Residential grit bins will be replenished as soon as possible.

Refuse collections have been disrupted as bin lorries are unable to operate safely due to road conditions. The situation will be assessed on a day by day basis. Any bins not collected today will be collected next week.

All Council schools (nursery, primary, special and secondary) and Children and Families centres will remain closed tomorrow.

Three short break respite units for children with additional support needs - Seaview, The Caern Project and Action for Children - are closed tonight and tomorrow night.

All adult education classes are cancelled today and tomorrow.

All Community Learning and Development centres will be closed to the public tomorrow.

All our older people and disabilities day centres are closed today and tomorrow; however, if any older people need additional help then staff are arranging home visits.

All social work centres are currently open except for Oxgangs. Our home care and re-ablement teams are reprioritising case loads to ensure emergency cases are covered.

Housing repairs are suspended for all but the most urgent cases. All community alarm clients are being contacted by telephone.

Mortonhall Crematorium is operating normally and staff are currently working to carry out any scheduled burials.

Some city libraries are closed. Please check our website or look for updates on @talesofonecity before visiting your local library.

All Edinburgh 's Christmas attractions in East Princes Street Gardens are currently open. Updates via Edinburgh's Christmas website or @Edxmas.

St Andrew's Day celebrations in St Andrew Square have all been cancelled for today and tomorrow.

Further updates will be provided as soon as available via our severe weather pages, @Edinburgh_CC, @edintravel and on Radio Forth.

Additional Information

Gritting:

30 Road Gritters, 12 Mini-Tractors, 4 Loading Shovels and 10 other vehicles.

Vulnerable people:

When bad weather occurs concern for elderly or vulnerable people increases. If you are aware of a neighbour who may be elderly or vulnerable please be a good neighbour to them in periods of severe weather to ensure they are all right. If you think they need medical advice and you are unsure who their GP is please ring NHS24 for advice on 08454 24 24 24 or the NHS helpline on 0800 22 44 88.

Anyone who is concerned about someone who they feel should be getting assistance can contact the Social Care direct team at the Council on 0131 200 2324, and staff there will arrange appropriate follow up. In the evenings and weekend contact can be made with the out of hours service at 0800 731 6969.

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