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Snow and sub-zero temperature combine to create challenges for drivers on Ross-shire routes

By Hector MacKenzie

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A cheeky snowman during the recent cold snap in Culbokie. Picture: Janice Ross
A cheeky snowman during the recent cold snap in Culbokie. Picture: Janice Ross

SUB-ZERO temperatures and patches of snow across Ross-shire have left driving conditions challenging in some parts of the county this morning.

Highland Council's road report notes adverse conditions in parts of the region which has been hit by a forecasted cold snap this week on the back of earlier weather warnings.

For Ross and Cromarty East, this morning's report states: "Road surface temperatures below zero this morning with a mixture of dry and damp roads at lower ground, with half an inch of snow and intermittent showers on higher ground. Routes west of Garve have up to an inch of snow. All primary and secondary routes being checked and treated as necessary. No overnight issues reported."

Information provided by the local authority is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time.

Drivers are asked to make their own assessment before driving and are being made aware "that conditions can change rapidly".

Skye and Raasay – Some icy patches on the A863 but have been treated. A light covering of snow in North of Skye. Milder conditions in South of island. Primary routes completed and secondary checks ongoing. Temperatures rising quickly throughout area.

Caithness – All routes out and footpaths. Cover of snow up to 1.2 inch in places with some overnight drift and some on going snow showers. Treatment ongoing.

Inverness – Some light snow showers this morning but road surface temperatures rising quickly. Operatives covering higher roads and topping up salt levels where needed.

Nairn – Dry roads, high level route given a precautionary salt treatment.

Badenoch and Strathspey – Dry roads, main routes being given a precautionary salt treatment.

Sutherland – A mix of damp and dry roads with light snow cover on higher routes. Road surface temperatures just below zero. Most routes currently being treated. No known problems.

Lochaber – Road surface temperatures below zero. No sign of forecast snow and ice. Carrying out treatment on Primary routes. No other known issues.

The UK Met Office has a Yellow weather warning in place today for snow for much of the Highland region.

Met Office weather warning for most of Ross-shire

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

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