Road condition and gritting treatment reports

Road condition and gritting treatment reports by The Highland Council’s Community Services for the morning of Monday 23 February 2015 are as follows:

Skye and Lochalsh
Snow is affecting all high routes this morning with up to 7.5cm on the Mam Ratagan route, 2.5cm on the A890 North road and 5cm of snow on the A855 Storr Lochs road. Lighter falls of snow are affecting all other routes. Posted 23/2 08:41

Caithness and North Sutherland
In North Sutherland there is a dusting of snow on parts of high routes and ice treatments on these and all routes is on-going. In Caithness there are no specific problems reported but with white frosts and ice on routes, treatment is also on going. Posted 23/2 09:05

South Sutherland and East Ross
Snow of up to 75mm is affecting higher routes while lower ground routes have a keen frost on them with icy patches.  All routes are currently being bladed and treated as necessary. Posted 23/2 08:51

A covering of snow on routes so crews are treating them by priority. Posted 23/2 08:01

Badenoch and Strathspey
There is up to 3 cm of snow on routes this morning so roads are currently being treating by priority. Posted 23/2 08:00

Ross and Cromarty
There is up to 100mm of snow on the A835 and 75mm on high route in the East of the area. Snow is still falling so roads have fresh snow and icy patches on them. All crews are operating with some additional vehicles on western routes due to more snow than forecast. Due to the amount of snow on routes there may be a delay in the normal treatment times. The Bealach na Ba road closed yesterday afternoon remains closed today. Posted 23/2 07:28

There is some snow on higher routes where treatment is required but generally fair conditions across the area. Posted 23/2 09:47

All routes are affected by 10-30mm of snow so crews are out and about gritting and blading by priority. Posted 23/2 07:15

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 

School Closures:  

Stratherrick Primary is closed today due to bad weather and there is no school transport today for pupils who attend Marybank Primary. Charleston Academy in Inverness opened 1 hour later than normal this morning due to local road conditions.  

An up-to-date list through the day up until 6pm is provided by visiting the council’s school closure website 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 for further information updates. 

Service Point Closures:

Grantown Service Point has had to close today due to adverse weather conditions so anyone with any queries should contact The Highland Council on 01349 886606.



23 Feb 2015
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