Fears rise for walker as snow forecast
Searches for a hillwalker missing in the Highlands continued yesterday as the north braced itself for an onslaught of heavy snow.
The Met Office has severe weather warnings for snow in place from 6am today until 6pm tomorrow covering a large part of the Highlands, Argyll, the north and the north-east.
Conditions, which could result in long delays and cancellations on bus, rail and air travel, are expected to see “significant accumulations” of snow developing. Rural communities could be cut off for days, and long interruptions to power supplies are possible.
The east of the country
“Reported missing after not returning from a walk”
will be the worst affected, with the warning remaining in place until Friday.
Yesterday in the Strathcarron area of Wester Ross searches continued for overdue hillwalker Stephen Mitchell from Crieff.
And police named a climber who died after sliding 650ft down a mountain north of Glenfinnan on “bullet hard” ice on Saturday as Christopher Fryer, 38, from Norfolk.
Mountain rescue teams from RAF Lossiemouth, RAF Leeming and Torridon worked with the Search and Rescue Dogs Association and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency search and rescue helicopter in Strathcarron.
The 57-year-old Mr Mitchell was reported missing after not returning as planned from a walk. He set off on Friday from close to the Strathcarron Hotel and intended to walk in the Bendronaig Lodge, Lurg Mhor and Bearneas areas. He is believed to have been near Beinn Dronaig on Saturday morning.