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Bad Weather Closes 63 Highland schools - But Not In Caithness

5th February 2009

A total of 63 schools in Highland were closed or partially closed today (Thursday 5 February 2009) as a result of the adverse weather. This involved 48 primary schools, 10 secondary schools, one school for pupils with additional support needs and four nursery units.

The full list of school closures is as follows: -
Sutherland: Farr Primary; Kinbrace Primary;
Kinlochbervie Primary - closing 2.30 pm.
Farr High; Kinlochbervie High.

Ross & Cromarty: Avoch Primary; Coulhill Primary, Alness; Cromarty
Primary; Fortrose Academy; Hilton of Cadboll Primary; Munlochy Primary;
Newmore Primary; North Kessock Primary; Park Primary, Invergordon; Tore
Fortrose Academy; Tain Royal Academy (closed to transport pupils only).

Skye & Lochalsh: Edinbane Primary; Dunvegan Primary; Uig Primary and
Struan Primary

Inverness: Ardersier Primary - nursery; Holm Primary - Nursery;
Lochardil Primary - Nursery closed; Raigmore Primary - nursery closed

Balnain Primary; Beauly Primary; Bun-Sgoil Ghaidhlig Inbhir Nis;
Cauldeen Primary; Central Primary; Croy Primary;; Daviot Primary;
Drakies Primary; Drummond School; Duncan Forbes Primary; Farr Primary;
Foyers Primary; Glenurquhart Primary; Hilton Primary;; Kirkhill Primary;
Merkinch Primary; Smithton Primary; Strathdearn Primary; Stratherrick
Primary; Teanassie Primary; Tomnacross Primary;

Culloden Academy; Glenurquhart High; Inverness Royal Academy - open to
5/6 years only; Millburn Academy - Open to 5/6 years only

Badenoch & Strathspey: Abernethy Primary; Alvie Primary; Aviemore
Primary; Carrbridge Primary; Dalwhinnie Primary; Deshar Primary;
Grantown Primary; Kingussie Primary.

Grantown Grammar, Kingussie High

Nairn: Auldearn Primary; Cawdor Primary; Millbank Primary and Rosebank

Snow has affected roads all over the Council's area. The worst affected area is from Grantown to Carrbridge and up to Moy (A9).

Grantown has over 2ft of lying snow. The A939 and B9007 are closed due to fallen trees (weight of snow).

Problems also being encountered by HGVs diverting off the A9 at Aviemore (which is still closed at Moy) and re-routing via Grantown and Nairn and getting into difficulties. The Council has been working with Police to clear many stuck HGV's on A938 and B9153.

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