Snow drifts create chaos on Ross-shire roads with several routes closed; A835, A832 and Bealach are closed with routes in Sutherland also hit and Struie between Evanton and Ardgay 'not advised'
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DRIFTING snow has forced the closure of roads across Ross-shire and Sutherland this morning.
Two major routes in Wester Ross were closed last night with Highland Council road crews planning to return this morning to attempt snow clearance.
This morning, the local authority says that the Bealach, the A832 Fain and the A835 between Drumrunie to Ledmore remain closed.
In Sutherland, the A836 Lairg to Tongue is closed.
The A837 Ledmore Junction to Lochinver is blocked by drifting snow between Ledmore and Inchnadamph, the local authority reports.
The A894 Skiag Bridge to Kylesku is closed due to drifting snow.
The A897 Helmsdale to Melvich is also closed due to drifting snow.
And the B9167 Struie road between Evanton and Ardgay is "not advised" due to drifting snow.
The B9167 Ardgay to Ardross road will have the gates closed for a period this morning to allow an excavator to safely remove drifted snow.
A mix of conditions is reported this morning with wet roads, icy roads, a covering of snow and extensive heavy drifting in places.