Soggy now, returning to winter?

21st February 2024

Wet and windy. The midday temperature on the summit of The Cairnwell (933m) was +2.1°C. There is a dusting of fresh wet snow above 900 meters but like the older snow patches this new snow was generally thawing with rivulets of water running off the hill and the older patches of ice on paths, now reduced to slush.

The freezing level is forecast to lower to around 600 metres overnight and expected to end up as low as 400 metres by tomorrow afternoon. Staying cooler for the next few days, the older snow patches should refreeze and become firmer. Snowfall is anticipated overnight easing around early morning becoming more isolated showers during the day. Localised windslab will develop especially around coire rims and gully tops where this new snow will overlie the older firm snow patches.

Hopefully a return to winter!


Just about the most colourful thing on the mountains today.


Snow fence with some fresh rime, the temperature was above 0°C and the fresh snowfall was wet and overlying bare ground.


Snow patches with fresh wet snowfall above 900 metres.


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