Highlands & Islands

Bad weather shuts schools and road in Highlands

Loch Ness RNLI snowman. Pic: Loch Ness RNLI
Image caption Loch Ness RNLI crew members with their snowman

Twelve schools in the Highlands have been closed by bad weather in the Highlands.

Snow and freezing temperatures have affected far fewer schools than in the previous three days. Education on the Western Isles has not been disrupted.

Northern Constabulary said the B9007 Glenferness-Carrbridge road remained shut by snow, but all other routes in its area were passable with care.

Local airports were open but some flights have been cancelled.

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (Hial) said its airports at Barra, Benbecula, Campbeltown, Dundee, Inverness, Islay, Kirkwall, Stornoway, Sumburgh, Tiree and Wick were open.

A spokeswoman added: "Delays and cancellations are being experienced by some flights to and from Hial airports due to the continued bad weather across the UK.

"Hial advises that all passengers contact their airlines directly before setting out on their journey and allow extra time for checking in."

Temperatures in the Highlands dropped to -21C overnight.

The worst affected areas for snow have been Caithness and Sutherland.

Loch Ness lifeboat crew, meanwhile, enjoyed some light relief on the loch's shores by building a snowman.

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