Fears rise for walker as snow fore­cast

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY RITA CAMP­BELL

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.

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