Snow and ice warning for West Coast

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Police Scotland have issued a weather warning for drivers tonight in Argyll, the Highlands and Western Isles, where snow and ice are forecast.

The northern half of Scotland should expect sleet and snow showers from 6pm tonight, with some becoming heavy and prolonged, and deteriorating conditions tonight. Significant drifting is anticipated on hill routes.

Police are also warning of strong winds with occasional gales on coasts and upland areas, leading to bridge restrictions across Highland region (especially Skye) but also some bridges elsewhere such as the Kessock, Cromarty and Dornoch crossings. Some ferry disruption can also be expected.

Drivers and pedestrians are being advised that longer journey times are possible and some icy patches may form on untreated surfaces, bringing the risk of injuries from slips and falls.

Chief Inspector Stewart Mackie said: ‘The current challenging conditions continue, with the north of the country facing poor driving conditions over the next day or so.

‘While there is likely to be an easing of conditions towards the end of the week, during Friday night and Saturday morning a band of rain and sleet will move east across Scotland giving a spell of snow over upland areas. Conditions will be poor with snow for a time on higher parts such as the A9, with winds also freshening. Later on Saturday the rain and hill snow will turn more showery.

‘If you are travelling on the roads, you should ensure you and your vehicle are adequately prepared for the conditions, making sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food and water in the event you are delayed for several hours. Charge your mobile phone and plan your route as well as alternative routes. Listen to media broadcasts, especially local radio, and visit the Traffic Scotland website.’