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Work to reopen Bealach in Wester Ross continues as conditions ease on routes hit by drifting snow; Highland Council road condition report for Monday reveals latest state of play on sprawling network

By Hector MacKenzie

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WORK to reopen a notorious Wester Ross road blocked by snow is continuing this morning amid a better outlook for a number of drift-hit routes across the county.

Highland Council said work is ongoing to clear the Bealach, which leads to Applecross, this morning "with an aim of reopening as soon as possible".

In Lochalsh and Ross and Cromarty West, high routes are being checked and treated. Generally damp roads with mild temperatures and no hazards are being reported with no issues overnight.

In Ross and Cromarty East, route checks took place on Mid Ross higher routes and no issues were reported. In Easter Ross routes, all primary and secondary routes and higher ones are being checked and treated as necessary. Reports of icy patches on some higher routes with no issues on lower ground.

In Sutherland, damp and wet roads on all of the routes this morning with icy patches in some areas. The A836 Lairg – Tongue and the A837 Ledmore junction – Skiag junction were opened this morning. The A897 remains closed to allow the high volume of snow to be cleared.

Lochaber –No treatment required on any routes this morning damp roads with high road surface temperatures, some rockfall overnight on the B863.

Skye and Raasay – No planned action this morning. Positive road surface temperatures throughout domain. No issues reported overnight.

Caithness – Main roads fine, side roads have some slush where drifting had been at weekend, cleaning out lay-bys this morning on areas that had drifting on. No issues reported.

Nairn – Roads generally damp. Treating high roads. Negative road surface temperatures and a snow melt. No known problems.

Badenoch and Strathspey – Treating primary and secondary roads in North of Area - icy patches.Road surface temperatures rising.A939 Grantown to Bridge of Brown still blocked due to drifting snow.B9007 Carrbridge to Ferness still blocked due to drifting snow.Some minor roads in Nethy Bridge area still blocked due to drifting snow.No other known problems.

The UK Met Office does not currently have any weather warnings in place, the council reports.

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

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