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Scottish winter mountain weather service closes

Posted 14 April 2010
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Scottish winter mountain weather service closes
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Last weekend saw the final forecast of the season provided by the Sport Scotland Avalanche Information Service in some areas, as warmer weather means there is not likely to be enough snow to pose a danger to climbers and walkers.

The service reports from five sites in the Scottish highlands on avalanche risks - Creag Meagaidh, Lochaber, Glencoe, the northern Cairngorms and the southern Cairngorms.

Of these, only the two Cairngorm regions will have forecasts this coming weekend (April 17th and 18th), while the other three stopped after last weekend.

Such a service may have proved invaluable to many heading out with climbing hardware in recent months as the country has experienced one of its most severe winters in decades.

While the avalanche risk may have abated, there will still be patches of snow in areas such as the Cairngorms throughout the year, such as the near-permanent snowfields of the An Garbh Coire below Braeriach, Britain's third highest mountain.

Posted by Dan Mirza