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SNOW UPDATE: Highland Council advise against travel as several roads closed in Sutherland

By Niall Harkiss

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Highland Council are advising against travel in several areas across Sutherland this morning, with several routes closed to vehicles.

Snow-clearing in under way across the north. Picture: Alan Hendry
Snow-clearing in under way across the north. Picture: Alan Hendry

The local authority confirmed earlier that the A836 between Lairg and Tongue is currently impassable due to drifting snow and has been closed in the interest of public safety as poor weather conditions continue.

The local authority also confirmed that the A897 is now closed between Kinbrace and Melvich due to drifting snow and strengthening winds.

Other routes, including the A897 Helmsdale to Melvich and the A838 Lairg - Laxford - Bettyhill are affected by snow drifting and are currently not advisable. Highland Council officers say they are continuing to coordinate with Police Scotland.

A spokesperson for Highland Council said: "Heavy overnight snowfall has given up to one foot of fresh snow, which is still drifting causing whiteout conditions and drifts up to approx four feet in depth in exposed areas.

"Snow clearing vehicles mobilised from 6am and are yet to reach the worst affected areas. We currently would advise against travel."

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