Highland Council winter road condition and school closure report for Friday, 13 January 2017

Road condition reports by The Highland Council’s Community Services for the morning of Friday, 13 January 2017 are as follows:

Ross and Cromarty: All routes affected by snow, blading and treatment ongoing. Levels of 3-4 inches have fallen overnight. Drifting snow on higher routes is causing an issue. All roads currently remain open with all available resource deployed.Posted at 09:28

Caithness and North Sutherland:
Most inland routes affected by drifted snow. The A836 North of Altnaharra affected by drifting snow and has a temporary closure in place. Operations are ongoing with no major problems reported. Posted at 09:06:00

Skye, Lochalsh & South West Ross:
There is widespread snow coverage throughout the area.  On Skye there is nominal coverage but up to 150mm accumulation on mainland routes away from coast and on the higher ground. The Bealach na Ba snow gate remains closed. Treatment is ongoing on all Primary and Secondary Routes.Posted at 08:29:00

There’s been a covering of snow across the area overnight. All primary routes have been treated and ploughed as necessary. The B8004 Banavie to  Gairlochy road  is still being worked on with about 3" of snow on the carriageway. Crews are now moving on to secondary routes.   Posted at 08:16:00

South and West Sutherland:
All roads affected by up to 150mm snow with drifting. The A836 Lairg to Tongue road is currently closed due to drifting snow. Some minor roads blocked by fallen trees which are being attended to. All gritter vehicles are deployed. Posted: 08:03:00

No known overnight issues. Generally 4" of fresh snow fallen overnight with some areas having 6" and some areas having 12" plus due to drifting conditions. There are currently continuing snow flurries and showers.

The B870 road is closed between Mybster and Westerdale due to a lorry off the road, partly blocking the carriageway.  Road closed signs are up at either end of the road to alert drivers. Posted at 07:45:00

Badenoch and Strathspey:
There’s been no known overnight issues but up to 6" of fresh snow has fallen overnight with continuing flurries/showers. All available resources are deployed. Posted at 07:37:00

The Highland Council carries out winter gritting on routes according to its policy and priority maps. 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.

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: 2 Secondary, 17 Primary and 9 Nursery schools closed in Highland on Friday 13 January

They are:.

  • Abernethy Primary:  Closed (bad weather)
    Abernethy Primary Nursery:  Closed (bad weather)
    Alvie Primary:  Closed (bad weather)
    Balnain Primary:  Closed (bad weather)
    Cannich Bridge Primary:  Closed (bad weather)
    Cannich Bridge Primary Nursery:  Closed (bad weather)
    Carrbridge Primary:  Closed (bad weather)
    Carrbridge Primary Nursery:  Closed (bad weather)
    Cromarty Primary:  Closed (no water/heating/power)
    Daviot Primary:  Closed (bad weather)
    Deshar Primary Nursery:  Closed (bad weather)
    Farr Primary (Inv):  Closed (bad weather)
    Farr Primary Nursery (Inv):  Closed (bad weather)
    Foyers Primary:  Closed (bad weather)
    Gergask Primary:  Closed (severe road conditions)
    Gergask Primary Nursery:  Closed (severe road conditions)
    Grantown Grammar School:  Closed (bad weather)
    Grantown Primary:  Closed (bad weather)
    Grantown Primary Nursery:  Closed (bad weather)
    Halkirk Primary:  Closed (bad weather)
    Kingussie High School:  Closed (bad weather)
    Kinlochewe Primary:  Closed (bad weather)
    Rosehall Primary:  Closed (no water/heating/power)
    Sleat Nursery - EM:  Closed (no water/heating/power)
    Sleat Nursery - GM:  Closed (no water/heating/power)
    Strathdearn Primary:  Closed (bad weather)
    Stratherrick Primary:  Closed (bad weather)
    Tongue Primary:  Closed (bad weather)
    Tongue Primary Nursery - GM:  Closed (bad weather)

Please visit the school closures website for up-to-date information at www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosures - the page is updated from 7am and cleared each evening. 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.



13 Jan 2017
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