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Winter road condition and school closure report

By David G Scott

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"Dangerous" patches of black ice have been reported throughout Caithness and gritters have been busy dealing with the matter.

Highland Council reported this morning that a light dusting of snow prevailed on most roads in the county with some routes having up to one inch of snow.

Blading by snow ploughs was carried out where necessary and the council is "treating all roads as required".

Gritter operating in Wick.Picture: DGS
Gritter operating in Wick.Picture: DGS

In Sutherland, 2cm of snow accumulated on low ground and rose to 8cm on higher ground. All roads were bladed and treated.

Maps of the council’s gritting routes by priority and policy are available online at www.highland.gov.uk/gritting

Drivers must be aware that conditions can change rapidly and make their own assessment of conditions for travelling.

The UK Met Office currently has a yellow warning for further snow and ice across large parts of the Highlands. Find out more about warnings and advice here www.metoffice.gov.uk/

Due to the pandemic, for the majority of pupils, all schools in Highland are closed until further notice. However, schools remain open only to pupils who are identified as vulnerable and the children of key workers where no other arrangements can be made.

The school closures page on the council’s website at www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosures is updated from 7am and cleared each evening by 6pm.

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.

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