Weather bites – but council gritters out of action

Three gritters in Skye and Lochalsh were out of service this week, leading to reduced coverage as snow fell across the area.

On Tuesday local community councils were alerted to the issue by Highland Council, with the gritter which covers the A890 Auchtertyre to Achnasheen road — a primary route — out of action while welding was carried out on it.

To cover this route the gritter which covers the Kyle to Plockton road was deployed on the A890 and priority given to primary and secondary routes.

The gritter was repaired and returned to service on Tuesday night. However, reports of extremely slippery conditions on the Kyle-Plockton road were reported on Wednesday morning and Plockton Primary and High School were closed due to the conditions.

On Skye, the gritter covering the A863 Struan to Dunvegan and the B884 Glendale had fuel injection problems while the gritter covering the A863 Sligachan to Struan and the B8009 Carbost/Portnalong route had been hit by a vehicle at Drynoch and was off the road due to the damage sustained. Highland Council mechanics were able to resolve the fuel injection problem on Tuesday night, allowing the gritter to return to action the following day, while the gritter damaged at Drynoch was being worked on on Wednesday.


Workers repairing some of the storm damage at Druim nan Cleochd in Skye this week

This video, and image, courtesy of reader Paul MacLeod, captures a lightning strike over Kyleakin.