The White Stuff…

3rd March 2019

After a very windy night and early morning, the stormy conditions eased with the snow showers clearing and the cloud breaking up. As you can see from the photo below we’ve had a bit of new snow – windward slopes are mostly bare, with some modest accumulations on lee slopes. The snow is wet at lower levels as the freezing level actually rose to around 1100 metres around midday. There is no significant snowfall forecast in the next 48 hours but temperatures should remain at near normal levels with no repeat of last week’s Spring-like conditions expected. As the freezing level lowers, the wet snow is going to become quite icy, so above 700 metres footpaths and tracks might become a little tricky….

A tale of two aspects on The Cairnwell (933m): Bare windward slope with fresh deposits on the lee slope.

Deeper accumulations in wind sheltered locations. Exposed slopes have very little new snow.

Very wet snow/slush at 700 metres.

Isolated 40 cm drift at 870 metres.

Wet, sticky snow at 900 metres.

Mountain hare used a lee slope to get out of the gale force winds.

Happiness is…..playing in the snow!

Happy to see a bit of the white stuff…

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