Schools will be shut today because of forecast snow.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for snow from noon.

The government says that a number of its services will be disrupted today and on Friday.

As well as snow, high winds and coastal overtopping are forecast.

Snow fall is likely throughout tomorrow morning, becoming more persistent by midday. All-island coverage is expected, with the possibility of up to 20cm on higher grounds. This may continue through the night and in to Friday morning.

In response to the current forecast:

  • Schools and UCM will be closed and a decision about Friday will be made before midday tomorrow

  • All public counters will close at noon

  • People should work from home where possible and make arrangements with the deteriorating weather in mind

  • Off-island travel may be disrupted

Motorists will have to take care when driving and the government suggests that people grit the areas around their homes and to also check on vulnerable neighbours who may appreciate some support.