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Lochaber and Cairngorms avalanche forecasts to continue

Snow in the Northern Cairngorms Image copyright SAIS Northern Cairngorms
Image caption A scene in the Cairngorms on 1 May

Avalanche forecasts for Lochaber and Northern Cairngorms are to be provided for this weekend because of continued cold temperatures and snowfalls.

Sportscotland Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) usually winds up its forecasts in mid April.

It will issue reports for Friday and Saturday.

SAIS has advised hillwalkers and climbers to also check weather forecasts if planning a trip into the highest of the hills and mountains.

A spokesman said: "Late winter snow conditions above 1,000m (3,280ft) on north through east to south facing slopes in the Cairngorms and Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor areas may present a hazard.

"Additionally, isolated snow fields remain on north to east aspects above 750m (2,460ft) in most areas and will continue to present a slipping and falling hazard if firm and icy."

SAIS warned that there was the potential for avalanches on steep east facing slopes.

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