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29 January 04 1.38pm
UPDATE ON SECOND DAY OF ADVERSE WEATHER DISRUPTING
HIGHLAND SCHOOLING AND TRAVEL
The Highland Council's Director of Education Culture and Sport Bruce Robertson has taken advice regarding weather and road conditions and advised head teachers that school transport should run as normal tomorrow (Friday) 30 January 04.
He expects all schools to be open unless there are good local reasons for a partial or full closure.
Given the forecast of low temperatures in some parts of Highland over the weekend, he has reminded head teachers of the need to maintain adequate frost protection.
Today (Thursday), a total of 126 schools
closed as a result of the adverse weather conditions. This comprised 20
secondary schools, 106
All schools in the Skye and Lochalsh Area remain open and only one school, Inverie Primary, Knoydart, was closed in the Lochaber Area.
29 January 04
Today (Thursday), a total of 126 schools closed as a result of the adverse weather conditions. This comprised 20 secondary schools, 106 primary schools and represented an estimated 21,788 pupils.
All schools in the Skye and Lochalsh Area remain opened and only one school Inverie Primary was closed in the Lochaber Area.
In Caithness snow and slush has been reported on main routes with drifting snow still affecting some routes. In Sutherland main roads are now open and passable with care. The wind has dropped and there is no current sever drifting. Roads in Ross and Cromarty are affected by snow with drifting on higher routes. In Inverness most roads are affected by snow of 1 to inches deep. Main roads in Nairn are clear and minor roads are still affected by hard packed snow. Badenoch and Strathspey experienced fresh overnight snow which is still affecting minor roads. A Light covering of snow is in Lochaber and snow is lying in the East of the Area but melting in the West. Temperatures appear to be rising and thawing in Skye and Lochalsh with slight snow showers.
Roads closed are: -
All roads were reported as open in Inverness, Lochaber and Skye and Lochalsh Areas.
ADVERSE WEATHER DISRUPTS SCHOOLING AND TRAVEL
28 January 04
Parents of pupils who walk to school and who live in towns and urban areas should check with their local schools to establish whether or not they are open on Thursday. Wherever possible the parent helpline should be used.
Today (Wednesday), a total of 110 schools closed as a result of the adverse weather conditions. This comprised 13 secondary schools and 97 primary schools and represented an estimated 14,300 pupils.
Drifting snow and icy patches affected
regional roads throughout the Highlands, with poor visibility making
travel difficult. On the A9 in
Roads closed were: -
The A 99 Looking South From Wick 28 January 3.30pm