Just a quick update on where we are with conditions here in the Lakes in the run up to the Christmas break.
Unfortunately it isn’t good news. December’s mild weather stripped away any sign of early season winter pretty quickly and since our last update we’ve seen freezing levels mainly above the summits with persistent rain and squally conditions.
Over the last couple of days though freezing levels did drop to around 400m and the rain turned to snow. Helvellyn developed a thin white coat and things started to look positive again. However, it’s warmed up a bit again now and the thin layer of snow is now thawing below about 750m. Above this level, what snow has remained is drifting into sheltered, mainly east facing areas. Paths and rocks are covered in verglas (aka ice) higher up.
The ground should be nice and cool by now though, so hopefully when things do turn then we should see things moving in the right direction pretty quickly. Over the Xmas break however we’re forecast high winds and lots of rain. Although there may be the odd day of respite. Keep an eye on MWIS for info http://www.mwis.org.uk/
Happy Christmas folks – hopefully see you on the hill in 2014 and fingers crossed that next time we’ll be back with more positive news.