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West on Monday - snow showers and wind easing overnight!

This Report for the Scottish Highlands was issued at
17.38hrs Sunday 24th March 2019.
Bands of squally snow showers have piled in from the WNW through Sunday, several inches of fresh snow has fallen in high winds giving considerable drifting. Lighter winds for Monday, grab the opportunity for some fresh turns at Glencoe and Nevis.

Get an early weather check with our webcams, first images shortly before 6.00am at this time of year.

Snow showers are continuing to pile in from the West this evening, there has been significant drifting with plumes of snow moving around in the gustier bursts so there should be some good stashes for Monday. Snow showers and drifting will continue this evening, there?s been around 3-4 inches indicated on the radar for Glencoe and 2-3 for Nevis Range, but it certainly isn?t level so the exact situation will need to be checked out in the morning.

Both Glencoe and Nevis Range plan to open to the top on Monday and the good news is both the wind and showers should ease up by opening on Monday. It looks like the best day of the week, a few light snow showers, some bright spells and a light to moderate Westerly breeze. It does look milder mid-week, but at this stage not windy like last week, but Monday is definitely looking the best day at the moment.

With the fresh snow and drifting it looks as if the Coire Pollach Tow is good to go again at Glencoe, thus all uplift bar the Rannoch Button are scheduled for Monday so it should be a good day of riding for all ability levels. Spring Run looks to have been collecting a fair bit through the day so could be good for more experienced riders, the Wall and Thrombosis looked to have done OK too when brighter periods showed up the drifts, however the wind is slowly backing and the speed has been pretty variable so the snow could shift around a bit more overnight!

Glencoe will have riding back to the foot of the Plateau Poma and the Coire Pollach Tow bringing several green runs back into play with better connections, so will be better suited to novices / early intermediates than Nevis which will predominantly be the Goose plus Summit area. At Glencoe the Main Basin, Halley Vappy, upper Mugs Alley onto Old Mugs Alley due to be groomed in the morning and the SnowFactory has been topping up the fork via the Plateau Cafe. The Haggis Trap is filled flat so the Main Basin is a less dark shade of blue than it sometimes is!

Once again surface conditions likely to be rather mixed, while there will be some good areas of windblown fresh there will be some harder scoured base on exposed areas, but away from the tops that should loosen up a bit. Some exploring to find what is what will be required as no one has been up on Sunday due to the wind.

For first times and little ones who are mastering their snowploughs the Lecht remains the clear winner as there is good cover on the Wren novice run served by either the Wren and / or Robin Magic Carpet thanks to the snow making. No main runs have skiable cover though.

CairnGorm is closed though the West Wall and Top Basin area, plus Traverse and Coire Cas complete for those with touring kit. Insufficient snow to operate any uplift at Glenshee.

:: Terrain Parks
No features currently available without resetting those that were on Old Mugs Alley at Glencoe.

:: CairnGorm Funicular Closure
The CairnGorm Funicular is closed indefinitely and will not run this spring or summer while its fate is considered in an 'all options appraisal' by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

For snowsports that means that uplift is only available on surface tows on CairnGorm. Firstly access to the Top Basin (Ptarmigan and Ciste T-bars) and Ptarmigan Restaurant is only by advanced level, steep and fast auto-stacking pomas that are only suitable for experienced riders able to cope with red graded terrain.

:: Mountain Forecast Discussion
Further bands of snow showers this evening into the West, but these will gradually ease to just a few scattered showers by Monday morning and the wind is due to substantially moderate by dawn. Some light snow showers in the West with occasional brighter spells, while in the East just a few flurries coming into the NW Cairngorms but more brighter spells towards the SE of the range. Between -1 and 0°c at Munro Level early afternoon, highest towards SE Highlands. NW gradually backing WSW easing 15 gusting 25mph in the West, but still NW 20 gusting 40mph through the morning Northern Cairngorms.

Indications a few days ago was for high pressure to build in soldily, but increasingly it looks like we will revert mid-week to what has been an all to familiar pattern this season of a displaced Azores High sitting over Southern England, with mild humid air spilling into the West Highlands, where it will be decidedly murky with low cloud bases and constant drizzle.

Tuesday should still be cool enough for snow flurries rather than drizzle, so maybe not be too bad a day, moderate West wind. But the rest of the mid-week period is looking like being clagged in on hills near the West Coast, while the Eastern Cairngorms in particular will fair much better for overhead.

With lift served snowsports other than the beginner magic carpets at the Lecht currently limited to the Western two areas, then get up Monday if you can. This morning there was a 15°c spread in GFS ensembles by Friday morning, but the balance is tilting towards favouring colder conditions returning on or during Friday, with a cool weekend with a mix brighter spells and convective snow showers.

:: Club Fields
The LDSC Raise Poma run last Sunday and Monday. A partial cover remains after this weeks mild period. All other clubfields are devoid of snow.

Please check all club fields access Ts&Cs as day tickets are not always available and some are members only due to insurance conditions.


Find out more:

www.yadmoss.co.uk 01228 561634
ski-allenheads.co.uk 0191 5974 174
www.skiweardale.com 01388 317767
www.ldscsnowski.co.uk

:: Webcams and Weather Stations
Lowther Hill: Off grid Summit Camera and Leadhills Village Camera online.

CAIRNGORM: Aviemore Cams online. Loch Morlich Cam online.

GLENCOE: All Cams online. Summit Cam has been serviced and resealed as some misting was evident. Following the previous weeks storm there is an intermittent cable fault affecting the mid-mountain camera, this looks like freeze/thaw damage under the snow/ground in front of the rescue shed, but is working when temperature is below freezing and snowpack solid/dry!

NEVIS: Front of mountain cams online. Braveheart: Now getting a Vodafone LTE signal in Coire Dubh, but not a functioning internet connection. Hardware was removed for off site testing with a strong signal to verify hardware function on Thu 21 Mar.

tricky
Nevis Range // Thu 21st Mar
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Good width on the Upper Goose, narrowing a bit towards the T-bar drive, but still decent from the Summit and Goose Tows.
Glencoe // Sun 17th Mar
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While the Spring Run and Canyon were the picks for more experineced riders there's great snowsports for all abilities at Glencoe with a fine day forecast for Monday. Don't miss out it's Mountain Monday!
Glenshee // Sat 16th Mar
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Big meaty snowflakes fell much of the day. Monday last fine day before it becomes milder again - get up if you can before Tuesday!
Glencoe // Sat 16th Mar
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Snow fell throughout daylight hours and more showers due overnight. Don't miss out - get up Sunday or Monday!
Glencoe // Thu 14th Mar
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Storms continued Thursday but there is now good cover on all runs from the base of the Plateau Poma up and wind is forecast to drop for the weekend! Should be good riding for all abilities.
Glencoe // Sun 10th Mar
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Plateau Poma early Sunday, 5-6" more snow has fallen with severe drifting since. Best day of week looks like Monday - grab the opportunity!
Glencoe // Tue 19th Feb
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Ski School lessons and sledging available on machine made snow, but insufficient snow for lift served riding
The Lecht // Mon 11th Feb
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Fresh snow overnight and Sunny Monday. Lecht probably best bet for Tuesday, but check the lift status in the morning due to strong winds.
Northern Cairngorms Outlook
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Tuesday 26th March
FL: >Tops.  Part Cloudy
914m: 2°c West 25-45mph
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Wednesday 27th March
FL: >Tops.  Overcast
914m: 5°c West 25-40mph
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  20.37hrs Mon 25th Mar
West Highlands Outlook
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Tuesday 26th March
FL: 3500ft.  Flurries
914m: 1°c West 25-40mph
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Wednesday 27th March
FL: >Tops.  Showers
914m: 3°c West 20-30mph
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  20.37hrs Mon 25th Mar
Southern Cairngorms Outlook
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Tuesday 26th March
FL: >Tops.  Part Cloudy
914m: 3°c West 20-35mph
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Wednesday 27th March
FL: >Tops.  Part Cloudy
914m: 4°c West 20-35mph
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  20.38hrs Mon 25th Mar
Lowther Hill Outlook
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Tuesday 26th March
FL: >Tops.  Overcast
725m: 3°c West 20-35mph
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Wednesday 27th March
FL: >Tops.  Showers
725m: 4°c West 20-30mph
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  20.39hrs Mon 25th Mar