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Council gritters make 'double run' on Caithness routes due to hard-packed snow

By David G Scott

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Highland Council has issued a road report after a yellow weather warning was put in place for Caithness today due to the wintry conditions (February 8).

The Met Office warns that snow and ice will bring difficult driving conditions and localised transport disruption.

Junction in Watten this morning. Picture: DGS
Junction in Watten this morning. Picture: DGS

Issued at 8.19am, the council's winter road conditions report for Caithness states: "Covering snow on all routes. Hard packed in some areas, very low temperatures this morning. Main roads have had a double run, now treating other priorities and also footpaths. No issues reported."

For motorists venturing into Sutherland, the report says that all routes have had a covering of snow with "anything from a dusting to 100mm" on higher routes. "Severe hoar frost with icy stretches. All routes currently being bladed/treated in order of priority. No known issues," it further states.

Met Office weather warning map.
Met Office weather warning map.

Maps of the council’s gritting routes by priority and policy are available online at winter road maintenance.

Follow Highland Council's social media channels to keep up-to-date with all the region's road issues - X (@HighlandCouncil) and Facebook.

Information and flooding advice is available on its website.

Information on weather warnings is available on the Met Office website.

For information on Trunk Roads follow @trafficscotland.

For information on power cuts, visit SSEN website.

At the time of issue, there was no school closures reported in Caithness.

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