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Highland Council winter road condition and school closure report for Thursday, 23 November 2017

23rd November 2017

Road condition reports by The Highland Council's Community Services for the morning of Thursday, 23 November 2017 are as follows:

Caithness and North Sutherland: Most of the higher routes in north Sutherland affected with up to 100mm wet snow, some of the lower routes inland up to 50mm wet snow, all routes in Caithness affected by minor flooding. Some of the main routes have major flooding with signage in place. Snow conditions - all routes treated this morning according to policy and will be ongoing today, all routes passable with care. (08:01)

South Sutherland Morning Report: Most roads affected by snow and ice. Treatment in progress and all roads passable with care (09:19)

Ross and Cromarty: Widespread snow this morning with the heaviest on high ground. Roads are turning black. All routes treated as per priority, and available resources in accordance with policy. No major issues reported. (11:23)

Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross: All North Skye roads affected by frost with 4 - 5cm of snow this morning. Treatment on-going on primary routes resulting in delayed treatment to secondary/ bus routes. South Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross roads mostly frost free with a light dusting of snow on high level routes. Treatment ongoing.



Lochaber: A Mixture of frost hail and sleet across the area this morning Primary and secondary routes treated with 20gm salt Still a little slush on the A884 Liddesdale Hill the rest of the primary and secondary roads clear at the present time. (08:53)

Badenoch and Strathspey: Frost and ice on roads across whole area with 2 to 5cm snow lower levels, 10 to 15cm on higher routes. Roads being treated in accordance with policy. (08:02)

Nairn: Dusting of snow above 200mtrs at 5:30am with more snow starting to fall at all levels as from 7:00am - roads being treated with salt. (08:07)

Inverness: Low roads wet, icy patches on some high roads, dusting of snow on some high roads frozen in places ,all routes being gritted (06:41)

Maps of the Council's gritting routes by priority and policy are available online at www.highland.gov.uk/gritting.

The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time. It is not intended to imply that any individual route is entirely snow and ice free and drivers must be aware that conditions can change rapidly and make their own assessment of conditions for travelling.

Highland has the longest road network of any council in Scotland and it is not possible to treat every road at the same time. A priority system is applied to treat the areas in greatest need first.

Trunk roads are gritted by BEAR Scotland (North West) for Transport Scotland.

School Closures: This morning Badcaul Primary school’s nursery only was closed due to bad weather affecting 3 pupils.

Visit the school closures website for up-to-date information at www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosures - the page is updated from 7am and cleared each evening. Get alerts of closures on Highland Council’s Twitter and Facebook. Or phone 0800 564 2272 to get the latest pre-recorded message from head teachers regarding their school. Have the school's PIN ready when you call.

 

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