Snow chaos for some, but kids en­joy day off

Scat­ter­ing of ac­ci­dents cre­ate fur­ther de­lays on the roads

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - Front Page - BY IAIN RAMAGE

DRIV­ERS bat­tled with more treach­er­ous weather across the north yes­ter­day af­ter a fur­ther six inches of overnight snow added to sev­eral days of travel chaos.

The weather also caused dis­rup­tions for par­ents up and down the High­lands as al­most 2,000 chil­dren had a day off school or nurs­ery due to clo­sures.

A scat­ter­ing of ac­ci­dents caused de­lays for trav­ellers at lo­ca­tions across the re­gion in­clud­ing the main A9 trunk route be­tween Caith­ness and Perth. All High­land routes were af­fected by snow.

The Dal­whin­nie- Blair Atholl stretch was blocked for a time. A com­bi­na­tion of heavy snow and a bro­ken down lorry be­tween Dun­canston and Tore left

“Al­most 2,000 chil­dren had a day off school or nurser”

morn­ing de­lays. At the Dru­mochter Pass, sev­eral lor­ries jack-knifed as they strug­gled to cope.

There was drift­ing snow at the high­est point of the pass.

The snow gates were closed on the A93 at Brae­mar and the Cock­bridge-Tom­intoul road was also blocked by snow.

Flood­wa­ter af­fected the A82 be­tween Drum­nadro­chit and In­ver­ness.

A Citroen slid off the road at Car­rbridge caus­ing de­lays in both di­rec­tions yes­ter­day af­ter­noon. Weather warn­ings is­sued on Wed­nes­day re­mained in place.

The Met Of­fice fore­cast more snow on the hills over the next 24 hours but a dra­matic im­prove­ment at lower lev­els with much milder tem­per­a­tures – eight or nine de­grees – by Mon­day. The big freeze forced the clo­sure of many more schools yes­ter­day.

About 1,800 pupils were off, as two sec­ondary, 17 pri­mary and nine nurs­ery schools closed in High­land due to the snow or wa­ter, heat and power loss.

A con­tin­ued se­vere weather warn­ing prompted a moun­tain res­cue safety plea from po­lice and the moun­tain res­cue and coast­guard ser­vices af­ter a spate of res­cues on the hills.

Rough seas and strong winds dis­rupted West­ern Isles fer­ries for a fifth con­sec­u­tive day.

Live­stock sales in Uist were af­fected by the can­cel­la­tions.

The CalMac ves­sel MV He­brides had been un­able to dock at Lochmaddy on Thurs­day be­cause gales made it too haz­ardous to berth and it was forced to re­turn to Skye.

The ship was ex­pected to sail af­ter 5am this morn­ing and be­gin clear­ing the back­log of stranded pas­sen­gers and traf­fic.

“The snow gates were closed on the A93 at Brae­mar” “Rough seas and strong winds dis­rupted fer­ries for a fifth day”

STRANDED: Tourists get caught up in a snow drift on the A9 at the Dru­mochter Pass af­ter stop­ping for a photo

The coast and har­bours of Mo­ray were bat­tered yes­ter­day by gales

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