Highlands & Islands

In pictures: 'Full on' winter conditions in Scottish hills

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Image caption A member of the Scottish Avalanche Information Service looking out across the Northern Corries on Saturday

Mountain rescue teams have said "full on" Scottish winter conditions have returned to the hills, and images taken over the weekend show how quickly the weather has turned.

Lochaber, Braemar and Aberdeen mountain rescue teams were involved in helping climbers caught up in avalanches on Ben Nevis and Garbh Choire, Braeriach on Saturday.

On Sunday Braemar MRT went to the aid of two people who got into difficulty on Mount Keen.

The mountain rescue team said the two "were woefully ill-prepared for the conditions". The team added: "It's winter folks, don't believe the hype."

Pictures taken by the Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) captured the return of wintry conditions - heavy snow and high winds - following a period of calmer and milder weather.

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Image caption A picture taken in the Southern Cairngorms on Friday before the arrival of snow
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Image caption The Southern Cairngorms on Saturday
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Image caption The Cairngorms were among Scotland's mountain ranges to see fresh falls of snow at the weekend
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Image caption Strong winds have also been a feature of the wintry conditions
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Image caption A wintry scene in Lochaber's hills on Saturday
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Image caption Snow falling at the Glencoe ski centre at Glen Coe at the weekend