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Sub-zero temperatures prompt deployment of gritters in Ross-shire with ice and frost flagged


By Hector MacKenzie

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SUB-ZERO temperatures on roads across Highland Council's sprawling network spurred deployment of gritters today.

Maps of the the local authority's gritting routes by priority and policy are available online at https://www.highland.gov.uk/gritting

The report from Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh noted sub-zero overnight road surface temperatures across the network and a mix of between snow and ice on all routes.

For Ross and Cromarty, the report said salt was holding across all the primary routes.

It added: "There is a light sparkle and hoar frost on secondary routes. Higher routes are reporting a light dusting of fresh snow. All routes being treated and checked this morning, including footpaths."

Elsewhere icy and frost patches were being treated "as necessary".

In Lochaber, wintry showers throughout the area were reported with some snow accumulation on higher routes.

Sutherland posted frosty/icy stretches and a dusting of snow on higher routes. All routes have been treated including footpaths.

In Skye and Raasay, "widespread icy patches throughout" were reported.

Inverness posted wet roads with negative road surface temperatures this morning with caution advised while driving.

For information on UK Met Office warnings and advice visit www.metoffice.gov.uk

A number of schools were closed in the Highlands on the first and second day of the new term with reasons varying from water or heating issues to public health concerns.

Four schools closed or partially closed


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