Highland Council Winter Road Conditions report - Tuesday 17 January 2023

Primary gritting routes
Information about Highland Council's Primary gritting routes

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 Tuesday 17 January 2023 are as follows:

Ross and Cromarty East (as at 06:17): Up to 3 inches of fresh snow through the night along with negative temperatures this morning will make for difficult driving conditions today. All routes being treated. Caution advised.  

Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh (as at 08:07): 3-4 inches across the network this morning. The priority routes are still being worked on. Some secondary routes have been started in Lochalsh and Gairloch areas. Treatment is ongoing. No reported overnight issues. 

Lochaber (as at 07:36): Low road surface temperatures overnight with up to 3 inches of snow in some areas and continuing to snow as routes being treated this morning especially in the most westerly areas. All routes being treated by priority. No issues reported overnight.

Caithness (as at 09:42): 1 to 3 inches of snow on all routes. Being gritted and bladed. Treatment ongoing on roads and footpaths. No overnight issues reported  

Badenoch and Strathspey (as at 07:50): South end of the area wet with frost patches and North End about 2cm of snow fell overnight. All routes being treated with priority given to Primary and Secondary routes.  

Nairn (as at 07:55): Snow fall of about 3 to 4 inches throughout the area. All routes to be treated and bladed with priority given to Primary and Secondary Routes. No known ovenrnght issues.  

Inverness (as at 06:39): 4" to 6" snow cover on roads, gritters out blading and treating all routes. Snow still falling.  

Sutherland (as at 08:21 ): Fresh snow cover on all routes with up to 5"- 6" on the higher routes low RST's throughout, all priority routes treated to council policy. Secondary routes treated as resources permit. No known overnight issues.  

Skye and Raasay (as at 08:54): Approx 2 inches of fresh snow covering overnight. Treatment ongoing on Primary/Secondary Routes (as available resources permit).  

School closures

A large number of schools are closed this morning due to adverse weather.

The school 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.

17 Jan 2023