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Friday, 25 February 2011

End of school holidays and looking good for next week!

Photo courtesy of Cairngorm SAIS
It's been another very unsettled midterm holiday week with a big thaw on Wednesday and Thursday which has stripped much of the the lower hills and removed the rime from the high cliffs and plateau.
Despite this there's still good cover on the plateau and ski area although wind has affected uplift on most days apart from the cracker on Tuesday.
Some climbers have been less affected by the wind and recent thaw! Several gully routes were still being climbed despite loosening rocks, cracked, collapsing cornices and wet snow sloughs on Wednesday and Thursday!
The temperatures have started to drop today (Friday) with the snow pack starting to refreeze.
There's still great snow cover and ice in the Northern Corries and inner Cairngorms. With all the classic gullies still brimming with wet snow, climbing conditions will likely be excellent when it freezes over the weekend.
Unfortunately Ski conditions are likely to be a bit icy from Saturday onwards until the arrival of fresh snow - sharp edges, teeth and good suspension a must!!
The MWIS weather outlook for the coming week is excellent with cold settled high pressure conditions being forecast for next week and the end of the holidays!
"All mountain areas of Britain from Sunday, 27th February, 2011: On Sunday, a band of low cloud and patchy showery rain will push eastwards, will give poor conditions on mountain areas for 2 to 4 hours. Most of next week will then be dry with light winds on all mountain areas, as a large area of high pressure builds across Britain. Remaining snow on the Scottish mountain will remain in place with little further thawing. There may be a temporary break in the dry weather later Tuesday or Wednesday as a front edges in from the west, with the Scottish mountains most likely to have a lengthy period of low cloud, and patchy precipitation....MWIS Forecast issued 25th Feb 2011"
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