​​​​​​​Highland Council winter road condition report for Friday 1 February 2019

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 1 February 2019 are as follows:

Skye & Lochalsh:  posted at 09:31
Primary routes treated and no issues. Icy Patches on Secondary Routes and treatment is ongoing.

Nairn:   posted at 08:56
Cold snowy conditions. Treatment underway on all routes and scraping snow as showers commence. No known overnight issues

Caithness and North Sutherland: posted at 08:30
A894 Skiag junction to Kylesku has up to 4 inches of snow with some drifting. All other roads affected by snow and ice. Extreme ice conditions affecting most of Caithness.

South Sutherland: posted at 08:44
Central and West areas affected by snow 2'' on low ground and  up to 6'' on high ground. The East of the area has a covering of snow on low ground  and 2'' on high ground. All routes are being bladed and  treated as necessary. The A836 Lairg- Tongue road is currently closed as there are 3ft drifts in places. The police have been informed.

Ross and Cromarty: posted at 08:20
This morning the C1087 Bealach na Ba Applecross road has been closed due to snow. Snow showers currently affecting high routes on East and West with 3" of snow affecting the A835 Ullapool to Ledmore road. Further snow showers expected at all levels with treatment on-going on all routes. No overnight issues reported.

Badenoch & Strathspey: posted at 08:38
Cold snowy conditions; topping up salt on all routes by priority and scraping snow as today’s snow showers commence.

Lochaber: posted at 08:34
 All morning routes treated. There are alot of frost and icy patches.  Treatment is on- going on other routes.

Inverness:  posted at 07:20
Cold start but roads mainly dry, some icy patches on higher ground and a light dusting of snow in places. Crews are topping up all morning routes as snow predicted and covering footpath routes. No issues reported overnight.

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:

Today there are 2 Secondary schools (175 pupils), 10 primary schools (278 pupils) and 5 nurseries (38 children) closed or opening late due to the winter weather.

Details are:

Bonar Bridge Nursery - EM:  Closed (bad weather)
Bonar Bridge Primary:  Closed (bad weather)
Bualnaluib Primary:  Partially closed – opening 1 hour later (bad weather)
Durness Primary:  Closed (bad weather)
Gairloch High School:  Closed (severe road conditions)
Gairloch Nursery - EM:  Closed (severe road conditions)
Gairloch Nursery - GM:  Closed (severe road conditions)
Gairloch Primary:  Closed (severe road conditions)
Gledfield Primary:  Closed (severe road conditions)
Gledfield Primary Nursery:  Closed (severe road conditions)
Kinlochbervie High School:  Closed (bad weather)
Kinlochbervie Primary:  Closed (bad weather)
Lairg Primary:  Closed (bad weather)
Poolewe Primary:  Closed (bad weather)
Poolewe Primary Nursery:  Closed (bad weather)
Rosehall Primary:  Closed (bad weather)
Scourie Primary:  Closed (bad weather)

The schools closures page on the Council’s website at: https://www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosures   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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1 Feb 2019
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