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Stranded A9 motorists urged to 'stay in cars and keep warm' as police warn other drivers to 'avoid area'

By Philip Murray

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Snowbound motorists stuck on the A9 between Helmsdale and Dunbeath are being urged to stay in their cars and keep warm until help arrives.

Police say they are aware of the situation but stressed that "there are no estimated timescales" as to when conditions on the road will improve.

In the meantime they have urged all affected motorists to stay in their vehicles and try to keep warm.

"The A9 between Helmsdale and Dunbeath is currently closed due to impassable conditions, and we have resources on the A9 in the area of Berriedale where there are multiple stranded motorists.

"Bear Scotland are aware and are making efforts to try and clear the road, however, in the meantime, for those who remain stranded, we advise that you stay in your vehicles and keep yourself safe and warm until such time as the road conditions are improved.

"Should any of the stranded motorists require any emergency assistance above and beyond the need for their vehicle to be freed from the snow, then please call the appropriate emergency service.

"There are no estimated timescales at this time for when this current situation will be resolved. In the meantime it is advised that all motorists avoid the area.

"Further south, the snow gates on Struie Road (B9176) are also being closed due to snow.

"Driving conditions across the north Highlands remain treacherous so please plan ahead as there is a high risk of disruption."

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