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Roads and railways likely to be affected by wintry weather in Caithness

By David G Scott

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The Met Office warns that transport disruption from snow and ice is likely on Friday and Saturday in Caithness.

Issued at 8.45am today the bulletin states that outbreaks of sleet and snow will gradually move northwards on Friday, persisting overnight and into Saturday.

Met Office warning of snow.
Met Office warning of snow.

It continues: "Accumulations will vary from place to place, but some lower ground areas could see temporary accumulations of 1-3cm of snow, whilst 5-10cm is expected above 200 metres and perhaps as much as 15-20cm above around 300 metres.

"Ice will be an additional hazard. During Saturday, milder conditions will follow from the south with sleet and snow turning to rain."


Snowy, wintry weather can cause delays and make driving conditions dangerous, so to keep yourself and others safe: plan your route, checking for delays and road closures, amending your travel plans if necessary; if driving, leave more time to prepare and check your car before setting off; make sure you have essentials packed in your car in the event of any delays (warm clothing, food, water, a blanket, a torch, ice scraper/de-icer, a warning triangle, high visibility vest and an in-car phone charger).

People cope better when they have prepared in advance for the risk of power cuts or being cut off from services and amenities due to the snow. It’s easy to do; consider gathering torches and batteries, a mobile phone power pack and other essential items. Be prepared for weather warnings to change quickly: when a weather warning is issued, the Met Office recommends staying up to date with the weather forecast in your area.

Snowy scene at Watten. Picture: DGS
Snowy scene at Watten. Picture: DGS
Train in snow at Watten. Picture: DGS
Train in snow at Watten. Picture: DGS

Highland Council states in its road conditions report for Caithness, issued at 8.08am today: "A mix of damp and sparkling roads, hard-packed snow on some routes and some roads have had a fresh dusting of snow in areas overnight. Drivers report bits of slush in places but blading off what they can. Routes are currently being treated by priority. Footpaths treatment also ongoing. No known overnight issues to report."

The Sutherland report by the council, issued at 8.24am, states: "Roads mostly clear on low ground, odd icy patches and slush residue. Up to 75mm snow on the highest routes. All routes currently being treated in accordance with policy. No known issues."

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