This news story will be updated throughout the day. Please refresh the page regularly.
ISLANDERS are being asked to plan well ahead when venturing out today (Friday) as Storm Arwen makes her presence felt. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warnings for wind today and for snow and ice on Saturday.
Inter-island ferry services on Yell Sound, Bluemull and Bressay Sound have been cancelled due to the deteriorating weather conditions. The Whalsay service has been reduced to one vessel. Ferry services across Yell and Bluemull Sound resumed again late on Friday afternoon.
NorthLink has now cancelled all passenger and freight services for tonight. All flights in and out of Sumburgh have also been cancelled.
Shetland Islands Council said that Foula and Fair Isle primary schools didn’t open today. Meanwhile, Ollaberry Primary School will be closing at 1pm as will he Eric Gray @Seafield centre.
Meanwhile, NHS Shetland has taken the decision to close the vaccination clinic at the Gilbertson Park from 2pm onwards due to the weather conditions. Appointments will be rescheduled.
A detailed weather forecast for different parts of Shetland can be found on out weather pages at: https://www.shetnews.co.uk/weather/
Meanwhile, a rare red weather warning has been filed by the Met Office for the east coast of the UK from Fraserburgh in the north to Newcastle and Durham in the south.
Up-to-date transport information on Shetland’s bus, ferry and plane network can be found in the transport notification section at the top the Shetland News front page.
Become a supporter of Shetland News
Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.
Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers – national and local – struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.
Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has over 500 supporters who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.
Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: –
- Bring you the headlines as they happen;
- Stay editorially independent;
- Give a voice to the community;
- Grow site traffic further;
- Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.
If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.
Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.