Challenging conditions

Posted on Thursday, March 1st 2018 by Tracey Smith

  

Today is officially the first day of Spring ,but as the Beast from the East has its icy grip over most of Sutherland it feels far from springlike. Much of the area is covered by a foot of snow and with the strong icy cold wind , drifting is a real issue. Several routes in our area are closed , with snowgates shut in places  like the Struie pass. A huge pat on the back must go to the gritting teams that are working around the clock to keep the majority of the main roads open, and to our emergency services assisting with whatever problems arise in these challenging conditions. The official warning is not to go out unless absolutely necessary , and at times like these the warmth of a log fire and a wee dram is very appealing. However not all can can heed this ; carers need to look after those in need, plumbers/ electricians and heating engineers have to keep peoples home warm and many crofters or those with livestock need to wrap up warm and make sure that all is well on their land. However it does bring out the best in people with neighbours checking on the old and infirm, homeowners offering emergency accommodation to those trapped by the snow and 4x4 drivers offering lifts and pulling out stuck cars. Frequent checks to local weather reports indicate this maybe with us for a few days yet and the eventual thaw may bring some flooding issues , but for the moment we just wish our members, the local community and people visiting the area safe journeys , warm accommodation and food  and in the brief moments of sunshine some incredible winter views. Stay safe! 

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