Highland Council winter road condition and school closure report for 1 December 2015

Road condition and gritting treatment reports by The Highland Council’s Community Services for the morning of Tuesday 1 December 2015 are as follows:

South Sutherland and East Ross: Sparkle/icy patches on all routes this morning, hard packed snow on higher ground all routes treated according to policy. Posted: 01/12/2015 10:45

Lochaber: Treatment carried out as policy no issues reported. Posted: 01/12/2015 09:37

Badenoch and Strathspey: Icy overnight, fresh snow falling this morning patrols treating roads on priority/policy basis. Posted: 01/12/2015 09:03

Inverness: Grey frost/icy patches on roads with frozen slush / snow between wheel tracks on some high roads. Posted: 01/12/2015 08:52

Caithness and North Sutherland: All routes treated this morning. Sutherland area roads mostly clear. Caithness roads were affected by black ice and frozen slush, treatment ongoing. Posted: 01/12/2015 08:36

Nairn: No fresh snow but low road surface temperatures across area. Routes been treated by priority and for removal of residual hard packed snow. Footways been treated for removal of residual snow. Posted: 01/12/2015 08:03

Mid and West Ross: Roads and footpaths continuing to be treated as required with hard packed snow and ice affecting sections of roads. Posted: 01/12/2015 07:56

Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross: Sleet showers affecting most routes but turning to rain. Icy early morning around Lochcarron and Achnasheen. Snow affecting Bealach na Ba (up to 150mm in drifts). All routes being patrolled and treated as policy/ required. Posted: 01/12/2015 07:47

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 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.

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:

As at 11am all Highland Council schools are open today.

Visit the school closures website for up- to-date information at www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosures - the page is updated from 7 am and cleared each evening. Get alerts of closures on Twitter and Facebook.

1 Dec 2015
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