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Severe Weather Update!

Weather Update from Met Office via Penny Short, Emergency Resilience Co-Ordinator

Hopefully the strong winds and rain didn’t cause too many issues but I thought it would be helpful to share information received from the Met office this morning advising what to expect over the next few days:

Following on from Storm Ciara, we are now seeing the colder air across the country with showers of sleet and snow affecting parts of the country. The main story for the week will be for these colder conditions to remain through most of the week.

Monday and Tuesday

The main focus for today and tomorrow is the wind and snow warning that is currently in force until midnight Tuesday. This warning is for low likelihood of medium impacts and covers much of the country with the exclusion of some far eastern areas. These showers are likely to fall as snow, even to low levels at times, with higher accumulations more likely across western and southern areas and higher ground across Scotland. The generally strong winds will gusts to 50-60mph at times. As ever, the level of impacts and disruption will depend upon where the showers fall, as not all areas will be affected. However, the combination of snow showers and strong winds, with the likelihood of blizzards and drifting snow in places, are likely to lead to the disruption to travel and power supplies in places throughout Monday and Tuesday. There is also potential for frequent lightning from these showers, which could also lead to some impacts on power networks. In addition, ice will form overnight. This brings a risk of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces, bus and train services may be delayed with longer journey times. There is the potential for accumulations of 1 to 3 cm above 150 metres, although in heavier showers this may come down to lower levels. 5-10 cm is possible above 300 metres. Snow will gradually build up and in a few locations, accumulations of over 20 cm are possible by Tuesday evening over the highest routes.

We are continuing to monitor the snow showers, where they develop, their intensity along with looking for consistent model solutions. This could lead to a short notice increase in confidence of where medium impacts could be seen, resulting in an increase of the warning up to amber. We are currently keeping a close eye on southern Scotland during Tuesday afternoon but there has so far been too much model inconsistency to raise the likelihood. We will continue to monitor this.

With the warning area covering into Northern England there is the potential to see further impacts to cross border travel, especially in the west, with disruption to road and rail transport.


There is currently a warning for snow and ice from midnight until midday on Wednesday. This is likely to be updated this morning to move into the low likelihood of medium impacts. The area of this warning is largely the same as for Monday and Tuesday, with only eastern coastal areas not in the warning. By this point there will still be some snow showers around, but they will be becoming less frequent. However the overnight temperatures will have dropped, and the showers bring difficulty in treating surfaces.

These showers are likely to lead to further accumulations of snow above around 100 metres with 5-10 cm of snow possible above around 250 m . Any snow accumulations over lower ground are likely to be temporary. Impacts are likely to see some roads and railways affected with longer journey times, some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces with some icy patches on some untreated roads. The potential to impacts across the border continues on Wednesday as well so disruption to cross border road and rail travel remains possible.

After Wednesday we will start to see a little respite in the weather. We will continue to keep you informed of any changes to the story throughout the week.

The warnings can be viewed on ourApp, or the Met Office website.

Please take care during the worst of the weather and heed the advice given on the Met office website and on the Ready Scotland website which can be found at


Met Office Weather Update

Remaining windy and cold on Wednesday with further showers pushing in from the west. Winds will be strongest again in the west but aren’t expected to be as strong as today so warnings look unlikely at this stage.
Turning slightly milder on Thursday with some rain and snow melt; the potential for any localised flooding issues will be assessed later in the week.
Friday will be windy across the far north but likely turning more settled across much of the country.

The latest warnings can be seen on Hazard Manager, on the Met Office App:

or the Met Office website:

Advice for travelling in storms, rain and strong winds can be found here.
Please also see this morning’s Flood Guidance Statement for the most up to date information on the coastal flood risk across Scotland over the next five days.

Weather warning for Monday 24th June

The Met Office has highlighted that there is a risk of thunderstorms and possible flooding on Monday. Given the extra volume of water the Papana has already received this may cause further flooding. If your home is near the burn please take all necessary precautions – sandbags can be purchased easily from B&Q and similiar merchants – and advice can be found on or from East Lothian Council. Villagers are also asked to please keep an eye on drains to ensure they are not blocked, as this has caused flooding problems in the past.

Severe weather update

The good news is that rain is due to ease off in the next few hours.

Information from the ELC Resilience Manager states that the risk for flooding is reducing now, as rainfall is expected to significantly drop. Responder agencies including ELC and police are continuing to monitor the situation and take appropriate action if required. The build-up of debris on local rivers is being monitored and action is being taken if required and when possible. The risk of surface water flooding remains a concern in all areas.

The Met Office and SEPA have reduced their weather warnings from amber to yellow. There have been a few localised incidents of flooding. Water levels are now dropping in line with the forecast from SEPA and the Met Office. East Lothian Council, Care for People/Social Care staff have been active in identifying vulnerable people in case further response action was required.

If you have any has concerns about the risks of flooding please get in touch with the Council (01620 827827) or Penny Short (the Garvald Community Emergency Co-ordinator).

Flood alert

Please note that the Met Office has issued an amber warning for East Lothian today, up until Thursday morning. Garvald is due to receive a lot of rainfall during this period. Please expect road flooding and take extra care in these potentially hazardous driving conditions. If you live in the village near the Papana burn, please consider taking extra precautions to avoid flood damage should the water level rise.

Yellow warning for snow and ice

The cold weather is set to continue over the weekend with yellow warnings in place for snow and ice and some snow accumulations expected on high ground in East Lothian overnight. Saturday will become dry but cold, with a band of sleet and light snow expected on Sunday.

Adverse Weather Information

Be prepared! Garvald and Morham can get cut off in the snow in winter and/or have power cuts.

What to do right now:

  • Please let Penny Short (the Community Emergency Co-ordinator) know if you might need extra help in the event of adverse weather or power cuts. This includes if you are vulnerable or have specific health needs, a chronic illness, a requirement for carers or use electrical medical equipment. Please contact Penny using the form below.
  • Pack a small emergency kit and keep it in a safe place at home, in a waterproof bag. Your kit should include a torch and spare batteries (or a wind up torch), a battery-operated radio and spare batteries (or a wind up radio), mobile phone charger, essential medication, some toiletries and a first aid kit, 3 days’ supply of bottled water and ready-to-eat food (that won’t go off), copies of important documents like insurance policies and birth certificates (in case you need to locate these quickly or prove your identity), pencil, paper, a penknife, matches and a whistle.
  • Think about what else you and your family might need, should an emergency occur over an extended period. For example, ensure you have enough food supplies (keep some tinned food and long-life or powdered milk), formula/baby food, pet supplies. Consider purchasing alternative heating methods, a camping stove and an analogue phone (modern digital cordless phones will not work in a power cut).

What to do in adverse weather conditions or a long power cut

  • Keep as warm as possible. Wear layers of clothing and keep at least one room in the house heated.
  • Please try your best to check on vulnerable neighbours and help them to prepare.

Before travelling in severe weather

  • Consider whether you need to travel, or if you can wait until the weather improves
  • Check the weather forecast, and keep up-to-date with the latest weather warnings and road conditions
  • Make sure your car is ready for poor weather (check tyre pressure, windscreen washer supply and fuel levels)
  • Tell someone your destination and when you expect to arrive
  • Allow extra time for your journey
  • Take a fully charged mobile and charger with you
  • Pack an emergency kit in your car. The emergency kit could include a first aid kit, battery jump leads, a torch and spare batteries, a map for unplanned diversions, a blanket, a reflective warning sign. In cold weather, you should also take a shovel for snow, warm clothes and boots, some food, and a warm drink in a flask.

Obtaining information

Listen to local radio:

  • East Coast FM (107.6FM)
  • Forth 1 (97.3FM)
  • Radio Scotland (92-95FM or 810MW)

if you have access to the internet, you can get current information from these websites:

  • Police – or telephone 999
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service – or telephone 999
  • NHS Lothian – or telephone 111
  • Scottish Power – or telephone 105 or 0800 0929290
  • Scottish Water – or telephone 0845 6018855
  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency (flooding) – or telephone 08459 881188
  • East Lothian Council – or telephone 01620 827827 or out of hours 01875 612818

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    This information has also been published on the Community Council web pages so you can access it when necessary.

    Snow forecast this weekend

    Update from the Met Office:

    Yellow warning for for snow and ice from 12:00 noon on Sat 15 December To 10:00am on Sun 16 December.

    Heavy snow and blizzards may develop across Scotland and northern England with a risk of freezing rain in places.

    • Possible travel delays on roads stranding some vehicles and passengers
    • Possible delays or cancellations to rail and air travel
    • Some rural communities could become cut off
    • Power cuts may occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected
    • A chance of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces
    • Bus and train services may be delayed or cancelled, with some road closures and longer journey times possible
    • Untreated pavements and cycle paths might be impassable because of black ice

    Please be prepared, take care, allow extra journey time and assist vulnerable neighbours if they need any help. Thank you.

    Community Emergency Plan

    A message from Penny Short, Chair of Garvald and Morham Community Council:

    Following the severe weather we experienced last year I have been working on a Community Emergency Plan to better prepare us for any similar emergency events. Villagers will recall how we were completely cut-off due to the roads being closed by snow and the situation could have become extremely difficult had the extreme weather continued, especially if we had also lost power. I was very proud of how the community came together, particularly the valiant villagers who kindly sourced some milk and bread.

    It is sensible to formalise arrangements should such a situation arise again. I have been consulting with the Council’s Emergency Planning & Risk Manager on what the Council can do to help, but we must also take steps to improve our own resilience – the severe weather in February highlighted how little the Council could actually do to help once we were cut off and not everyone was fully prepared.

    The main threats to our community include severe weather, such as snow, ice, flooding and high winds, which can cause falling trees and other hazards including first aid emergencies, fires and children/vulnerable people going missing.

    Do you have any skills, tools or other resources that could help in any of these situations? For example, local farmers or tree surgeons may have equipment or expertise they are willing to offer. People may be trained in first aid or happy to be called upon should a search party be required. Maybe you have a 4×4 vehicle and could offer transport to pick up supplies in snowy weather, when other vehicles cannot get out of the village.

    Would you be happy to be called upon in an emergency? If you would like to be added to our list of local skills and resources please respond using the form below.

    Many thanks,

    Penny Short

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