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A9 south of Inverness closed in both directions due to snowy conditions as weather warnings remain in place for Highlands

By Val Sweeney

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Adverse conditions have resulted in the closure of the A9 south of Inverness.
Adverse conditions have resulted in the closure of the A9 south of Inverness.

The A9 south of Inverness has been closed in both directions due to stationary traffic and the road being impassable due to adverse weather conditions.

Traffic Scotland said the closure is at Inshes between the A96 (Raigmore Interchange) and B9177 (Culloden turnoff). Vehicles are experiencing issues with traction due to the adverse weather conditions.

Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and allow extra time for their journeys.

Several bus services in the Inverness area have also been affected due to snowfall and untreated roads.

Delays and cancellations were reported in some areas as a yellow travel weather warning remains in place for the Highlands and Western Isles until tomorrow morning.

Bus operator Stagecoach said on social media that due to heavy snowfall and untreated roads, service three would be unable to service Scorguie or Creag Dubh Terrace until further notice.

There were also reported problems with buses sliding on steep snow-covered roads in Milton of Leys earlier today.

But ScotRail reported no weather-related disruption in the Highlands while Inverness Airport remained open although an incoming flight from the Western Isles was late due to problems at Stornoway Airport.

A Met Office weather warning for frequent snow showers and icy stretches leading to some travel disruption, particularly for higher routes, remains in place for the Highlands and Western Isles until 9am tomorrow.

Showers, accompanied by strong winds, will become increasingly frequent and wintry through today at all levels, before dying away tomorrow morning.

Below 100m, accumulations are most likely to be temporary and slushy. Above 200m, 2-5cm is likely in places with 10-15cm possible on higher routes.

Winds gusting 50 to 60 mph at times, temporary blizzard conditions and some drifting of snow on higher level routes are likely.

A yellow warning has also been issued for the Highlands later in the week.

Frequent wintry showers are forecast to arrive from the west overnight Thursday into Friday and are likely to lead to a fresh covering of snow for areas above 200m.

Falling snow below this level may cause some temporary slushy accumulations which then may freeze and cause dangerous, icy patches where skies remain clear for long enough.

The showers will turn increasingly to rain and sleet at lower levels through Friday morning, before steadily easing from the west through the afternoon ahead of an area of rain and milder conditions.

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