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50mm snow on Caithness roads but no schools reported closed in county – more snow expected though

By David G Scott

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The Highland Council road report for today stated that no schools were closed in Caithness due to the wintry conditions but the Met Office warns of more snow over the next few days.

The report issued at 7.35am today states: "Good covering of snow over most of the county. Up to 50mm of snow in places. All weekend routes being treated this morning due to lorry availability, footpath treatments ongoing also. No known overnight issues to report."

Snow at Watten this morning. Picture: DGS
Snow at Watten this morning. Picture: DGS

There are several schools closed in Sutherland due to roads being affected by snow reaching depths of 25cm on higher routes.

Meanwhile, the Met Office warns of more snow expected over Friday and Saturday in Caithness after today's Yellow Warning was issued.

Met Office weather warning map for Friday.
Met Office weather warning map for Friday.

Sent out at 11.07am, the Met Office bulletin states: "Outbreaks of sleet and snow will gradually spread northwards across the warning area during Friday afternoon and through Saturday.

"Accumulations will vary from place to place, but some areas are expected to see 1-3cm of snow through this period, and perhaps as much as 10-20cm in some locations on higher ground (above about 300 metres). Ice will be an additional hazard. During Saturday, milder conditions will follow from the south with sleet and snow turning to rain."

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