/ Lakedistrict Conditions - How much snow?

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SophieEmily - on 08 Mar 2013
Hey Gang...

Just wondering what ground conditions are like in the Lakes at the moment? Hoping to do the Pillar ridge walk via the Sca Fell range next Saurday (16th March)...

Whereabouts is the snow line sitting at the moment?

Soph x
kipper12 - on 08 Mar 2013
In reply to SophieToast: was on skiddaw last sun,there was very little
Simon Caldwell - on 08 Mar 2013
In reply to SophieToast:

Not sure what you mean by "Pillar ridge walk via the Sca Fell range". There is a lot of rock hard neve about, and ice.

http://www.grough.co.uk/magazine/2013/03/05/martin-peel-dies-in-fall-from-lake-district-mountain-pil...

And it's due to get a lot colder for the next week, possibly with new snow.
Carolyn - on 08 Mar 2013
In reply to SophieToast:

Although be aware there were still some isolated patches of very hard snow at the start of this week - there were a number of accidents with people taking long slides down it. Might well have changed by next weekend, though.
redsonja - on 10 Mar 2013
In reply to SophieToast: it snowed here last night (south lakes). there is a covering down to about 1000ft. a few flakes in windermere this morning
Ridge - on 10 Mar 2013
In reply to SophieToast:
We've had a few flurries all day in the western lakes. Looks to be a fair drop over Caldbeck, Skiddaw is white to below Ullock Pike, and Grasmoor/Hopegill head and the surrounding peaks look very white as well. It's baltic at the moment with an icy NE wind, so should hang around if conditions don't change too much.
Simon Caldwell - on 10 Mar 2013
In reply to Ridge:
Forecast to stay baltic until Friday, when it's due to warm up and either rain (met office) or snow a lot (mwis).
LakesWinter on 10 Mar 2013
In reply to Toreador: All forecast models suggest hill snow at a minimum and possibly to lower levels too
Ridge - on 11 Mar 2013
In reply to LakesWinter:
A bracing -5 with a light dusting of snow on the Cumbrian coast at the mo.
tmawer - on 11 Mar 2013
In reply to SophieToast:

A light covering of snow (half to one inch) in Penrith at the moment.
andrew breckill - on 11 Mar 2013
Simon Caldwell - on 11 Mar 2013
In reply to LakesWinter:
Met Office still say "Quite unsettled and cloudy with outbreaks of rain throughout the day ... Freezing level above the summits."
A Mountain Journey - on 11 Mar 2013
In reply to SophieToast: This was Red Screes around lunchtime today: http://mark-mountainjourneys.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/winter-makes-comeback-monday-11th-march.html

Back out over next couple of days, Langdale / Coniston areas so will update.
LakesWinter on 11 Mar 2013
In reply to Toreador: We'll see...
Simon Caldwell - on 11 Mar 2013
In reply to LakesWinter:
Met Office has now switched to saying snow above 450m, which is what I want to hear so I'll stop looking in case it changes :)
johnboy87 - on 11 Mar 2013
totally agree, fingers crossed
A Mountain Journey - on 12 Mar 2013
In reply to johnboy87: Langdale today: http://mark-mountainjourneys.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/multi-pitch-climbing-in-langdale.html

Stickle ghyll had a few frozen waterfalls, but was all thawing pretty quick

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