Beast Bites Back!

28th February 2018

Hmm – I’ve concluded that The Beast from The East is male and that he took exception to me calling him a ‘Wee Beastie’ as he has grown a pair……..of fangs that is! And has bitten right back. We woke up to a lot more snow this morning with heavy snow showers continuing through the day. The A93 was closed – one look at the webcams near the top of the pass showed why – constant heavy drifting filling the road in. With heavy snow on the estate roads we normally use for access, ‘Where to go’ was a bit of an issue today. The ‘back up’ hill in bad weather/no access days is Morrone, the 859m hill South-West of Braemar and has only been used a handful of times over the many years. Normally a quick training run for me, today it was a harsh kick up the backside…. Appalling visibility during the snow showers, exceptionally cold and with a very serious windchill – No skin could be exposed. Eye protection was essential and you had no visibility without it in the drifting deposits. Most of the photos were taken at lower levels as conditions higher up were so poor. Removing gloves to take photos was a pretty uncomfortable experience.

It would appear that we are in for more of the same overnight and tomorrow with snowfall on strong Easterly winds – looks like ‘Big Beastie’ has a bit of stamina…

 

Snow gates closed all day. Check out Perth and Kinross webcams (A93) to see why!

 

Deep drifts even at lower elevations. These ones are at 450m.

 

The radio/phone mast on the top of Morrone (or Morven, 859m). Constant heavy drifting creating the fuzz in the bottom of the photo.

 

Deep drifts encountered with constant heavy drifting taking place

 

Heavy grey skies during the showers with occasional blue sky breaking through…

 

 

 

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