Highland Council winter road condition and school closure report for Friday, 15 December 2017
15th December 2017
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.
Road condition reports by The Highland Council's Community Services for Friday, 15 December 2017 are as follows:
Caithness and North Sutherland: Wet roads on most of the routes with a dusting on the high ground, Caithness has hard packed snow and icy stretches on some routes all treated with 20gms of salt no problems reported. At 09:06
South Sutherland: All routes icy this morning, all currently being treated in order of priority. No known problems. At: 08:00
Skye and Lochalsh: No problems to report across Skye network this morning. Road surface temperatures higher than forecast. Ice patches, frost and sleet reported across Lochalsh / Wester Ross routes. Treatment extending across secondary and other routes. No problems to report. At 09:26
Lochaber: Primary routes finally complete. Very tricky driving conditions with black ice on many of the routes this morning. Now going on to deal with secondary and other routes as resources permit. At 10:16
Nairn: Dusting of snow and frost on higher routes, some sparkle on lower routes - primary and secondary routes being salted. At 08:31
Badenoch and Strathspey: 3 to 4cms of snow on higher routes, lower routes have frosty slush. Roads being bladed and salted. At 07:50
Inverness: Wet roads this morning on the low ground turning to icy patches and light snow fall on higher roads. Road surface temperature still below 0 in most areas covering all routes and footpaths. At 07:45
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: Rogart Primary is closed today due to severe road conditions affecting 19 pupils.
PLEASE NOTE other schools may close during the day so please 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 by 6pm. 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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