Police in Highlands and Islands offer safety and travel advice in respect of severe weather

Issued by Police Scotland

Police Scotland Highland and Islands Division are offering safety advice for those travelling inthe region during the current spell of inclement weather.

The current forecast indicated that storm force winds will be affecting the whole region, in particularly the western and northern isles areas, until midnight tonight. In addition there is a risk of snow on higher ground which, coupled with the high wind, could cause poor visibility on some of the arterial routes in the Division.

Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Julian Innes advised: "I understand that many people will be travelling to spend Christmas with family or friends anddo not want to discourage travel, but I would urge that people be safe on their journeys today. Checking current forecasts and websites such as Traffic Scotland, which shows live views of many of the main roads in the area, can really help with understanding what the current conditions are like."

He continued: "Making sure you have enough fuel, packing provisions such as a blanket and warm clothing, water, non-perishable food and making sure that your mobile phone is fully charged, can make all the difference if there is a disruption or delay to your journey."

Police are also advising to help those who are vulnerable or elderly within local communities. Chief Superintendent Innes continued: "Local communities within the Highlands and Islands are excellent at looking out for each other. If you are aware of anyone who is elderly or vulnerable within your local area, check in with them and make sure they are safe until the current spell of bad weather passes."

Information on road conditions and any disruption to road travel can be obtained online at www.trafficscotland.org/, on Twitter @trafficscotland or by calling the Traffic Scotland Helpline on 0800 028 1414. Local radio broadcasts will have up to date information on current road closures or disruptions also.

The most most up to date weather forecasts can be found on the Met Office website at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/.

24 Dec 2013