Lake District winter conditions update – 04/01/2014

 

Since before Christmas we’ve been battered by Atlantic low after Atlantic low, bringing gale force winds and heavy rain to most of the country. Above about 800m this rain has often fallen as snow which has done a reasonable job of coating the higher peaks. Unfortunately, rising freezing levels and more rain have left this snowpack wet and slushy and the turf is not frozen. The buttresses on Helvellyn and in Brown Cove are black.

Strong winds have moved around a lot of snow and there are patches of windslab on E/NE aspects and some deep drifts in sheltered areas. Cornices are also forming over these aspects.

Nothing to go at here just yet, but the skiing in Scotland looks good! Getting colder towards the end of next week at height (crosses fingers).

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