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'Take care' plea to motorists after overnight snows hit Highland roads


By Philip Murray

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Heavy snow on the A835 at Aultguish (left) and Braemore junction (bottom right), as well as the A9 at Achavanich in Caithness. Pictures: Traffic Scotland.
Heavy snow on the A835 at Aultguish (left) and Braemore junction (bottom right), as well as the A9 at Achavanich in Caithness. Pictures: Traffic Scotland.

Motorists across the Highlands have been urged to take care after snow fell in many parts of the region overnight.

Showers have been falling since yesterday and a Met Office yellow warning for snow and ice remained in force across the entire region at the time of writing. It is expected to remain in force until at least midday.

Bear Scotland, which maintains trunk roads in the Highlands has urged drivers to "consider if your journey is necessary" and to "take care" on the slippery routes.

Traffic Scotland's live traffic cameras were showing a mix of conditions, with some roads clear despite snow on the verges, while others were more treacherous.

In Wester Ross the A835's junction at Braemore and the stretch near Loch Glascarnoch at Aultguish were both showing snow on the carriageway.

Although no school closures were being reported in that area at the time of writing, Ullapool High School, had tweeted to advise parents that the school buses from Achiltibuie and Dundonnell were both cancelled due to the conditions, while the one travelling south from Lochinver had "turned back".

And a similar snowy picture was captured on camera on the A9 in Caithness at Achavanich.

Even at sea level, some roads were showing as white earlier in the morning, with fresh showers at the Dornoch Bridge in Sutherland leaving snow on the sides.

Indeed, further north at Rogart, Highland Council was reporting that the village primary school and nursery were closed on Wednesday – although there was no immediate word as to whether the snow and ice had played a part.

A number of other Sutherland schools were facing delayed opening times, with Highland Council advising that Kinlochbervie's High School and Primary School, Durness Primary, and Scourie Primary were all opening one hour later than planned. Again, it was not confirmed if this was weather related. For the latest on Highland Council school closures, visit www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosures.

However, despite the snow, many Highland trunk roads were still passable at the time of writing, including high routes like the A9 at the Slochd and Drumochter Pass, which were both clear and running smoothly, despite the snowfall.

For the latest travel information on the region's trunk routes, visit www.traffic.gov.scot.


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