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PICTURES: Snowy fun for all ages despite Highland transport chaos

By Philip Murray

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Harrison Pires and Lucas Brown. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Harrison Pires and Lucas Brown. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Days of heavy snow and drifting may have continued to wreak havoc on the Highlands' transport network and schools on Thursday –but there was also plenty of fun to be had too.

Young and old alike were not prepared to let an amber weather warning ruin their day, and they took to the great outdoors to make the most of the winter wonderland scenes.

Youngsters in particular had plenty of opportunities to enjoy themselves, with many schools forced to close their doors due to the conditions on Thursday.

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And, although slightly milder weather and gales are set to push into the region over the weekend, there will still be further snow before that happens.

People sledging in North Kessock. Picture: James Mackenzie.
People sledging in North Kessock. Picture: James Mackenzie.

A yellow warning for snow and ice will stay in place until 3pm on Friday, and further wintry conditions are forecast after that as mild air bumps into the cold air overhead – before heavy rain and wind warnings finally come into effect on Sunday.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “Wintry showers will continue on Friday, some of these showers becoming quite prolonged. Further accumulations of up to 5cm are possible on low ground at first, and 10-20cm possible above 300 metres where fresh snow will be drifting in windy conditions. Snow will become increasingly confined to ground above 300 metres by the end of the morning. Ice will be an additional hazard as snow turns to rain.”

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