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Highlands 'to encounter more snow'

Posted 17 October 2011
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Highlands 'to encounter more snow'
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The Scottish Highlands is set to see more snow on the mountains, which may excite skiing fans and make walkers consider their equipment.

According to the Met Office mountain weather forecast for today (October 17th), rain above the Cairngorms will turn to snow above 600 metres (1,968 ft) and may even appear as low as 400 metres, with lots of hill fog and wind to contend with as well.

Such developments would suggest wearing waterproofs, good boots, warm walking trousers and having a map and compass are the least people will need to take on the hills.

The West Highlands is also tipped to see snow, with the loch Lomond and Trossachs area getting falls at 700 metres early on, lowering to 500 metres later in the day.

However, claims that the whole of Britain could be blanketed in snow this month were questioned recently by Met Office chief executive John Hirst in an article in the Times.

Suggesting such long-range forecast claims say more about the British "obsession" with the weather than any factual data, he stated: "The scientific capability does not exist to allow such extremes to be identified on a long-range timescale."