Travellers are encouraged to be prepared and stay safe during severe weather. (04/02/13)

Issued by Northern Constabulary

Severe weather warnings are in place over the next two days and it is expected that blizzard conditions will cause significant disruption across the region, particularly affecting higher routes including the A9.

All roads are currently open in the Highlands and Islands, however many will be affected by snow and drivers should take extra care and allow greater stopping distances.

Anyone travelling tonight or tomorrow should check the weather forecast and road conditions and be prepared for potential delays.

Prepare for your journey ◦Prepare your car for wintery conditions (check our website for advice):

  • Allow plenty of time for you journey.
  • Drive according to the conditions.
  • Allow a greater stopping distance.

Use 999 only in emergencies. If people require assistance (eg broken down in a snowdrift), they are encouraged to contact the control room by calling or texting 01463 715555. If there is limited mobile coverage or they have low battery, they should text (in full words explaining location and nature of problem) as this has more chance of getting through the network.

Keep vehicles off the roadside where possible to allow gritters and emergency service access.

Look out for vulnerable/elderly neighbours during severe weather periods as they may be unable to get out in icy conditions

Keeping safe and check the weather conditions and Avalanche Risks before venturing into the hills www.sais.gov.uk

Up to date information on the condition of roads throughout the Highlands & Islands and the rest of Scotland can be obtained from:

  1. Traffic Scotland Helpline:- 0800 028 1414
  2. Traffic Scotland Website:- www.trafficscotland.org; or
  3. from local radio broadcasts (which are regularly updated by Police)

Up to date weather information can be obtained at the Met office website:- www.metoffice.gov.uk

For useful advice visit Ready Scotland website: http://www.readyscotland.org/

Check out the following leaflet for advice on driving in bad weather http://files.northern.police.uk/pdf/Driving-in-bad-weather.pdf

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