Road condition reports by The Highland Council’s Community Services for Tuesday 16 January 2018

Maps of the Council’s gritting routes by priority and policy are available online at

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 Tuesday 16 January 2018 are as follows:

Ross and Cromarty: Up to 6" snow on the highest routes. Routes being bladed and treated according to policy and priority. As at 09:32

Caithness and North Sutherland:  North Sutherland up to 2"/ 4" snow on some high routes. Treatment ongoing by priority. Snow showers still falling. No problems reported. Caithness between 2"/ 4" on routes with some drifting on the A836 at Mey. Treatments ongoing by priority. Snow showers still forecast for today. As at 08:56.

South Sutherland: 2cm of snow on lower ground and up to 8cm on high ground. All policy & priority routes being bladed and treated as necessary. As at 08:33.

Skye and Lochalsh: Skye North, 1-2”snow inland. Skye West, snow starting to come in. South Skye, 2-3”of inland snow. Mainland, 2-3”of snow inland and higher routes, vehicles struggling on the higher routes. The Glens, dusting of snow. As at 08:10.

Lochaber: Snow across all roads with 1" to 2" in the west. Snow continuing to fall steadily. Policy & priority roads being treated as necessary. Treatment getting done on main footpaths. As at 08:34.

Nairn: Roads covered with snow, dusting at lower levels, up to 1 to 2cms on higher routes. Policy & priority routes being treated as necessary. As at 08:34

Badenoch and Strathspey: Snow across all roads, 1 to 2cms. Snow continuing to fall steadily. Roads being treated as necessary. As at 06:50.

Inverness:  Dusting of snow on low roads. 1" - 2" snow covering on high roads. All policy and priority routes to be gritted plus bladed where required. As at 06:20

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:

As at 10:44, 4 secondary schools (Farr High, Glen Urquhart High,  Kingussie High and Golspie High), 38 primary schools (including 23 nurseries), and 1 special school (St Duthus) are closed affecting some 3631 pupils. Details of the school closures are at

PLEASE NOTE other schools may close during the day so please visit the school closures website for up-to-date information at

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.


16 Jan 2018
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