Highlands & Islands

April shivers: Snow-dusted Scottish hills

Conditions in the Northern Cairngorms on Monday Image copyright SAIS Northern Cairngorms
Image caption Conditions in the Northern Cairngorms on Monday

Snow and freezing conditions have returned to Scotland's hills.

The white stuff coming in April is not uncommon, but this spring and the recent winter have involved mixed weather of short cold spells followed by warmer conditions.

Earlier this month, the Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) wrapped up its latest forecasting season with the fewest recordings of avalanches in years.

The service is still providing updates on conditions in the areas it covers - Torridon, Glen Coe, Lochaber, Creag Meagaidh, Northern Cairngorms and Southern Cairngorms - via its individual team blogs.

Scotland's outdoor ski industry has also had a challenging winter and spring.

Northern Cairngorms on 15 April Image copyright SAIS Northern Cairngorms
Image caption Two walkers and a dog in the Northern Cairngorms on 15 April
The Post Face of Coire Ardair at creag Meagaidh on 15 April Image copyright SAIS Creag Meagaidh
Image caption The Post Face of Coire Ardair at creag Meagaidh on 15 April
Dogs in snow in Southern Cairngorms Image copyright SAIS Southern Cairngorms
Image caption Dogs in snow in Southern Cairngorms on 16 April

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