Pay Back!

11th January 2009

Okay – I’ve finally received pay back for all those beautiful days I’ve had on the mountains over the past three weeks. This weekend has been wet and very windy! Just like any job – you have good days… and you have bad days.
The freezing level has risen well over the summits today with the weather station on Cairnwell reading plus 4.4 at mid-day. The snow is thawing fairly rapidly, helped on unfortunately by the rain. The majority of the low level ice has already disappeared and the buttresses are starting to strip back again. The rivers are up – great news if you are a kayaker… And the paths and tracks are finally becoming clear of the water-ice that has been around for a few weeks…so you frustrated runners and bikers can expand your horizons again.
Fortunately after a mild night the freezing level is due to lower to 900 metres on Monday which will bring a halt to the thaw at this level. It will also help to stabilise the wet surface layers that are present at the moment. We have been forecast some isolated snow showers on strong winds so check out the main report if you are heading in to the hills tomorrow.

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