Pity. After the long fetch easterly I was hoping the Pennines would hold longer than the Lakes this year, which they more regularly did in the 1970s and 80s.
Yes, it is quite surprising in a way after the snowfall on late Feb/early March. But whilst it was a decent amount of snow that fell in that period, the main factor was the wind. By some accounts of folk who live in the villages along the foot of the Pennines, was the worst Helm wind in living memory. This blew the very dry and light snow into huge drifts but only in some favoured locations and often right down to valley levels. By mid-March much of the high ground was completely bare, but there were deep drifts in the Eden Valley that hung around for several weeks.
The patch in Brown cove and others in the Lakes benefited from quite frequent snow falls (on westerlies) earlier in the winter that built a good base making it pretty resilient to thaw.
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 21.02hrs Fri 25 May 18 by Stringy.