​​​​​​​Highland Council winter road condition and school closure report for Thursday 14 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 Thursday 14 December 2017 are as follows:

Caithness and North Sutherland: Frost is affecting all routes with a covering of snow on the higher roads. Treatment is ongoing with an application of salt applied throughout. All roads are passable. 09:15

South Sutherland: Wide spread frost and icy patches this morning with light snow cover on higher routes. All routes are currently being treated in order of priority. No problems reported. 09:02

Ross and Cromarty:  There is a fresh covering of snow affecting most routes with up to 2" on the east side. Widespread frost and ice is affecting all routes. Caution advised. 07:02

Skye and Lochalsh:  Widespread frost and icy patches on routes with localised covering of snow on higher ground. Treatment currently ongoing on Primary and Secondary Routes.08:59

Lochaber: A Mixture of slush and 2" of snow on most of the Primary and Secondary Routes this morning. Crews are blading and salting roads as required and treatment will continue throughout the day. Other Routes will be treated as resources permit 09:15

Nairn: Overnight snow of 1 to 2cms on higher routes with frosty roads on lower routes. Roads being scraped and salted 08:08

Badenoch and Strathspey: Overnight snow across whole area with 1 to 3 cms at lower levels. Roads are being scraped and salted 07:30

Inverness: Fresh snowfall last night and today there is a light dusting on low ground with between 4 to 5" of snow on higher roads. Grey frost all over on all roads. Road and footpath routes are being treated throughout the day. 08:39

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: 

Badcaul Primary Nursery:  closed
Cannich Bridge Primary & Nursery - will be closed in the afternoon
Dingwall Primary & English Medium Nursery – opened an hour later than normal
Kinlochewe Primary & Nursery:  closed
Strathconon Primary & Nursery:  closed

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.



14 Dec 2017
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