/ Weather / winter outlook
Any mildly informed opinion about the prospects for Scottish winter climbing mid Feb?
From here (down south) the hills look black and the weather looks a bit miserable, hovering around 2-7C with various forms of damp, making the mid Feb prospects look poor unless there is an unexpected turn to winter cold.
There are signs of a colder second half of January according to various twitter weather folk. Only signs, but they're cautiously optimistic.
Are you sure it's not toying with me?
By the end of this week there will be a substantial build up of snow on the tops. Started today. Key will be what happens to weather thereafter. Very stormy this week.
Ohh - that's the second report I've had that it might be white...
Surely it's toying with me now?
I went up to Spayside on Tuesday, it was quite white over the Cairngorms. But it's now peeing down, start building your arch type rain. Freezing levels above the summits.
Bugger, it is toying with me...
I'm not going you hear? I'm not going so it is ok to snow now. Arse!
Snowing in the Cairngorms on Friday night and freezing up then and last night with ice on the A9 up to Aviemore a few hours ago.
And due to be very warm next week. Neither of which has a huge amount of bearing on what conditions will be like mid-Feb.
> And due to be very warm next week. Neither of which has a huge amount of bearing on what conditions will be like mid-Feb.
It is the building blocks for future good conditions on North faces though, although I didn't know there was to be warmer weather next week.
This Winter Conditions page gives a summary of what is being climbed at the moment, what is 'in' nick and what the prospects are...
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