Avalanche Information for the Scottish Mountains

Be Alert to Early Winter Snowpack Instabilities. 13.12

Issued Wednesday 13 Dec. A strong South Westerly wind with frequent snow showers, sometimes heavy will affect all highland mountain areas. Accumulations of fresh snow will develop in wind sheltered locations on mostly Northerly through East to South-Easterly facing slopes to low elevations, where deposits are deep, snow pack instabilities can be expected with the potential for avalanche release from human activity likely. Accumulations will continue to develop in these places over the next days due to strong winds,drifting snow and the formation of unstable windslab. Daily Avalanche Information Reports for the 6 operational areas of Lochaber, Glencoe, Creag Meagaidh, Southern Cairngorms , Northern Cairngorms and Torridon area will be issued from Friday 15th Dec 2017.

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General Information

We publish daily reports of observed and forecast, avalanche, snow, and mountain conditions at the 5 most popular areas of Scotland during the season. With a continuing pilot period for the Torridon area.

You can find out more about Avalanches or, about Forecasts or, about the SAIS by clicking on the relevant index link on this page.

We keep an archive of all forecasts since 1993 which is browse-able and download-able.

Reporting an avalanche, especially if witnessed,  provides valuable stability information which can be used to help all mountain users with their decision making process and, which also provides essential data for avalanche research. We encourage anyone who sees an avalanche to help the SAIS by Reporting an Avalanche using our on-line form.

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