All schools to close

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The current weather forecasts are suggesting winds between 60 and 85mph with the possibility of some snow for the Western isles area. This is likely to be at its worst between 5pm and 7pm this evening although weather warnings continue up to midnight.

In these circumstances the Comhairle, on a precautionary basis, considers it necessary to close all schools between 1pm and 2pm today to ensure all children and young people travel home in daylight before the worst of the weather.

Schools are anticipated to open tomorrow as normal although we would ask parents to check the Comhairle website and listen to local radio.

Headteachers will continue to make decisions in respect of their individual schools based on local conditions.

NHS Western Isles say they have taken advice from the Met Office, Scottish Government and Northern Constabulary.

As such NHS Western Isles will continue to provide a service throughout the period and will maintain a minimal level of service.

Scheduled clinics will remain available to those who have taken the decision to travel to hospital; however NHS Western Isles would advise all members of the community to heed the warning advice regarding non-essential travel.

Those not wishing to travel to attend an appointment should contact NHS Western Isles on 01851 704704.

During this evening and through tonight a minimum out of hours service will continue allowing for weather conditions. This will be for essential and urgent clinical conditions only.