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Moment mountain rescuers battle through deep snow and howling winds to save climber

Dramatic footage shows mountain rescuers battling intense winds and snow to rescue a climber injured in an avalanche in Scotland.

The Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team were called to help a climber with a leg injury who was stuck on the side of a mountain on Saturday. 

Footage taken by the team shows rescuers, wearing bright yellow jackets, dragging the man on a stretcher through knee-deep snow. 

The Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team were called to help a climber with a lower leg injury who was stuck on the side of a Scottish mountain and covered in snow on Saturday

Howling winds blow past the party of around a dozen rescuers and hurl flurries of snow at them. 

A couple of the rescuers stumble as they push through the deep drifts. 

The climber had managed to haul himself toward the rescuers and was then taken to a ski area nearby.  

The rescue team uploaded the footage to Twitter alongside the caption: 'CMRT call out for a male with a lower leg injury sustained during an avalanche.

Footage taken by the team shows rescuers wearing bright yellow jackets while dragging a stretcher across the mountain

'The climbers were able to self-rescue down to the coire floor, they were met by the team and stretchered back to the ski area.

'Multiple reports of avalanches in Coire an t-Sneachda this afternoon.'

More avalanches are expected in the area after three in the past two days, according to the Scottish Avalanche Information Service.  

Howling winds blow past the rescuers and hurl flurries of snow at them as their legs seem to sink into the deep snow

Temperatures are expected to drop to -8C alongside more snow in the mountain range.  

It comes as the Met Office issued a warning covering the whole of England and Wales for tomorrow and into the night with gusts of up to 70mph expected in exposed coastal locations and around 50mph in many areas.

The worst hit northern areas, such as the Peak and Lake District, could see overnight temperatures plunge to -6C (21F) and it 'may not get above freezing by day' in these areas. 

It warns that 'short term loss of power' is possible, which is grim news for families who have already endured days of power cuts in the wake of Arwen which hit supplies to more than one million households on November 26.

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) said that 3,190 homes were still waiting to be reconnected as of 2pm yesterday. This was down from 4,025 homes yesterday morning, with the majority in the North East of England. 

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said power had been restored to all 135,000 of its affected customers by yesterday evening, but forecasters warned of another 'explosive' event from the Atlantic tomorrow.