6-8 inches in 3 hours this morning in the West...
Band of heavy snow this morning dumped 6-8 inches at the base of Glencoe in under 3 hours, heaviest snow now to the South with very difficult conditions on the A82. Another bite of the heavier stuff expected Glencoe and Nevis this afternoon, and CairnGorm into the evening.
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After thundery showers brought snow to Nevis, around Loch Laggan and CairnGorm last night, a band of heavy snow has dumped 6-8 inches in less than 3 hours at Glencoe. Radar returns indicate 12-15 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours at Nevis Range and Glencoe.
At time of writing the snow has eased up a wee bit at Glencoe, so a good chance to check the hill out on the webcams. Heavier snow is falling a bit further South leading to very difficult conditions on the A82, with heavy vehicles being held at Tyndrum. Check the travel reports before travelling today.
After lunchtime another area of heavier snowfall is expected to move into the Western areas, with Glencoe being under this area for longer. Late afternoon into the evening some of the clusters of heavier showers should reach CairnGorm also.
The snow has fallen straight down at the base of Glencoe this morning, but the wind is expected to pick up later and be strong overnight, so there should be significant drifting, which will hopefully drive snow into the right places.
With snow expected this evening, should be worth keeping a check on the Aviemore webcam later as it is on 24/7.
Still not enough snow to allow lift served snowsports, but storm cycles this week will hopefully help with the early season base building. However there is significant doubt about Tuesday into Wednesday, so keep a close eye on the forecasts.
It?s been a vintage summer - for snow patch watchers, it?s now fairly certain that lasting snow arrived earlier this month at all remaining snow patch sites and the final survival figure till the new winter?s first lastings now is 73. That?s the most patches since 1994 to have survived the summer.
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CAIRNGORM: Two mid mountain Cams are back online after work in the SSC Hut. A new Fiacaill cam providing a zoomed view of the Fiacaill area will be available shortly.
AVIEMORE: All 3 Aviemore cams online.
GLENCOE: Most Cams are online, but the Summit Hut has suffered structural damage and the power is off. The camera equipment has been trashed by the weather, but we hope to be able to get the AWS back online early December if there is no further damage to the hut.
NEVIS: The mid-Goose webcam remains off-line due to ongoing work replacing the power distribution network on the mountain. However the timing hut has a new window to give a much clearer and better view of Goose Gully this winter, but we do not expect the camera to have power until the week before Christmas.
LOWTHER HILL: Some of the kit was removed last weekend due to a technical problem with the charge controller, it is hoped to get the cams back online during this weekends work party.
Snow will be most frequent and heaviest in the West on Sunday, clusters of heavier showers making it through to the Cairngorms late afternoon into the evening.
Further hill snow on Monday and into Tuesday, but significant uncertainty with regards to the track and timing of a low pressure system later Tuesday into Wednesday. Relatively small changes to track could have significant impact on the weather experienced on the Highland mountains, with the extremes ranging from just a couple of hours of milder conditions bringing the FL above the tops as the warm sector occludes out, to sustained thaw conditions for over 24 hours.
We?ll have to wait and watch the forecasts and webcams to see what pans out! We will update the 5 day outlooks this evening with the latest info.
Check the MWIS and Met Office Mountain forecasts for the latest detailed area mountain weather outlooks.
Glencoe: 01855 851226 www.glencoemountain.co.uk
Nevis Range: 01397 705825 www.nevisrange.co.uk
Lecht: 01975 651440 www.lecht.co.uk
CairnGorm: 01479 861261 www.cairngormmountain.co.uk
Glenshee: 013397 41320 www.ski-glenshee.co.uk