Highland Council winter road condition and school closure report for 13 January 2015

 Road condition and gritting treatment reports by The Highland Council’s Community Services for the morning of Tuesday 13 January 2015 are as follows:  

All roads on lower routes are affected by 1cm of snow, with 2-3 cm on higher routes. Gritting is underway by priority. Posted 13/01/15 06:23  

Skye and Lochalsh
A snow covering of 1cm is on all roads. Primary Routes are treated and treatment is on-going on a priority basis. Posted 13/01/15 08:36  

Caithness and North Sutherland
Between 2.5 to 12.5cm of snow is covering most routes and crews are blading & treating all routes in priority order. Posted 13/01/15 08:42  

Black Isle, Mid and West Ross Report
There is a snow covering with ice affecting all roads with 25 to 75mm on higher routes throughout the area. The Bealach Na Ba road remains closed. All routes being treated in priority order. Posted 13/01/15 07:55 

South Sutherland and East Ross
All roads affected by up to 100mm snow. Routes are being treated by priority Posted: 13/01/15 08:24  

Up to 7 cm of snow on higher routes plus some localised drifting. There is also a covering of snow on lower routes. All routes are being treated by priority. Posted 13/01/2015 08:08  

Badenoch and Strathspey
3cm to 8cm of snow cover on all roads. Crews are treating all routes by priority. Posted 13/01/14 08:53

Snow covering of 1-3cm is on all roads. Primary routes are all treated and treatment is on-going on a priority basis. Posted 13/01/15 10:21

Maps of the Council’s gritting routes by priority and policy are available online for: Badenoch and Strathspey; Caithness and North Sutherland; Inverness; Lochaber; Nairn; Skye and Lochalsh; South Sutherland and East Ross; and Wester Ross and Black Isle.  

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.  

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.

Road closures:

Newhall Bridge B9163 on the Black Isle is closed until further notice, due to structural damage and Struie Hill Road B9176 remains closed due to fallen trees. In Wester Ross the Bealach Na Ba road is closed today.

School Closures:

As at 11:15 today 38 Highland Council schools and nurseries were closed affecting 2565 pupils but the situation is continually changing with more schools expected to close so for an up-to-date click here

Tomorrow morning parents and carers are advised to check this site from 7am onwards or use the school closures phone line on 0800 564 2272 using the PIN number for their school (which is also available at http://www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosures) for further information updates.

The Council Service Point in Lairg is also closed today.



13 Jan 2015
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