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Cairngorms see first winter snow

Posted 2 September 2010
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Cairngorms see first winter snow
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Those thinking of buying men's outdoor clothing or women's outdoor clothing may wish to invest in some fleeces after Scotland's first winter snows arrived - in August.

Geoff Monk of the Mountain Weather Information Service confirmed that the last weekend in August saw the first snowfall of the winter season as the highest peaks of the Cairngorms got a dusting.

He commented: "People who were up there really had to be wearing their winter clothes. It was very cold."

Nonetheless, Mr Monk noted, while snowfall has been known on the peaks even in July, this is "very rare" and it is unlikely there will be more in the next few days, meaning those thinking of getting their ski boots on will have to wait for true wintersports conditions.

Hardened snow from winter persists through the year in many locations in the Cairngorms, particularly in high corries shaded from direct sunlight.

Visitors to the national park in July also saw snow at lower locations, such as below the summit of 3,087 ft Munro Carn na Caim.

Posted by Dan Mirza