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Avalanche warning for Scottish mountains

Posted 25 January 2012
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Avalanche warning for Scottish mountains
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Several areas of the Scottish Highlands are currently prone to avalanches as a thaw has emerged before the next wave of snowy weather, forecasters have warned.

The SportScotland Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) has revealed there have been four avalanches in the last 48 hours in the areas it covers.

Its Lochaber forecasts have warned those heading for the hills with their crampons that there is a high risk on east-facing slopes, with avalanches very likely on the north, south and particularly east sides of mountains around Glencoe.

Other aspects in these areas still contain moderate risks and north, south and east facing areas in the Craig Meagaidh, Northern Cairngorms and Southern Cairngorms have been classed as posing moderate or considerable risks.

Those heading for the hills in snowy weather should make sure they are well equipped with warm winter jackets and survival equipment, while using Ordnance Survey maps is important to help navigate in poor visibility.

Earlier this month, the SAIS unveiled a new text messaging service, to keep walkers and climbers informed about avalanche risks with daily updates.