25th February 2017

(Above) When driving to work you know it’s going to be wet pretty much everywhere when it’s mild, raining and ‘Oui, Oui’, normally a slight dribble, is in full flow.  (‘Oui, Oui’ is a well known steep ice route on Creag Dubh crag immediately adjacent to the A86, just west of Newtonmore.)


(Above) No better nearer to Creag Meagaidh either. Meall Coire Choile Rais (1028m) pictured in the low cloud and rain this morning.


(Above) Cheered up later though! Rain cleared quickly after midday and the temperature dipped, too. Had a wet wander around An Cearcallach and its neighbouring coire (South & West aspects pictured), with conditions only improving on the return leg to the A86. Snow cover is holding up OK above 750m though it is looking a bit mottled now.


(Above) Coire Chomharsain showing the snow cover on mainly East aspects, again best above 750m. Almost sunny this afternoon!


Quite a lot of uncertainty in our dedicated weather forecast over the amount of snow we’re expected to receive and the timing of its arrival. Best advice is to have a look at the excellent Met Office weather radar page early in the morning for a real-time – or very recent – indication of the timing of precip, found here:


And combine it with this (the Met Office Creag Meagaidh weather forecast page):


With a little bit of interpretation, together they should give a fairly accurate idea of the timing and amount of precip we’re likely to receive.





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