Highland Council winter road condition report for Friday, 29 January 2021

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 for Friday, 29 January 2021 are as follows:


Posted at 08:17. Low road surface temperatures. Wet roads. Gritting routes checked. No overnight issues.

Skye and Raasay

Posted at 08:07. Slush reported by drivers on higher routes this morning. Road temperatures milder than forecast. Treating Primary and Secondary routes.

Ross & Cromarty East.

Posted at 08:58. All routes being treated this morning as temperatures marginal. Primary routes all okay with just wet roads. Secondary and higher/other roads are affected by wet slush and up to 3 inches of snow on higher ground. Higher ground and where snow accumulations are found are being double run. Treatment extending into ‘other’ roads today to ensure treatment on sections that are not covered by weekend routes.


Posted at 08:14. Mostly damp roads this morning with patches of frost and ice. Light dusting of snow on some inland routes. Road surface temperatures remain below freezing on most routes, so treatment continuing.


Posted at 08:41. Raining on lower roads and up to 3-4 inches of snow on higher roads. Conditions not good at Culnakirk and caution advised. Treating all road routes and patrolling higher footpath routes.


Posted at 08:20. There are wet roads, black ice and up to 8 inches of snow and up to 18 inches of drifting snow affecting routes in Sutherland this morning. The worst affected routes are the A837 Rosehall to Skiag Junction, the A894 Skiag Junction to Kylesku and the B9176 Ardross to Ardgay over the Struie. The high ground in the Bonar Bridge area also has approximately 6 inches of snow. Snowploughing and treatment ongoing in line with policy although delays getting to lower priority routes can be anticipated.


Posted at 06:41. Lower roads have a sleet covering and higher routes have snow. Snow 5cms in places and some drifting snow on exposed routes. All resources deployed treating roads.

Badenoch and Strathspey

Posted at 06:36. High routes experiencing some drifting snow and lower roads have 2 to 3cms of snow. All resources deployed in treating roads as necessary.

Lochalsh and Ross & Cromarty West

Posted at 07:07. A832 at the Fain is temporarily closed due to drifting snow - update to follow. A835 at Knockan Hill a lorry is blocking the carriageway. It is passable with care by cars/small vehicles. Updates to follow.

The UK Met Office currently has a yellow warning for snow for large parts of the Highlands. Find out more about warnings and advice here  https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/ 


29 Jan 2021