Ferries cancelled, planes grounded and services disrupted as Storm Arwen sweeps in

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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.

The sea boiling around Grutness this morning. Photo: Ronnie Robertson

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.

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