Poor Conditions (hill and road)

14th February 2018

(Above) Snow to all levels in the frequent snow showers coming through today. Decent tyres and cautious driving needed  on the A86

(Above) One of several vehicles caught out near Laggan  on the A86 early this morning

(Above) The further West the more snow and the worse the visibility

(Above) Things didn’t improve once on the hill – very poor visibility,  snow showers affecting the area for much of the day. Windslab deposits building in high sheltered areas.

(Above) Some small graupel in amongst new snow particles at today’s pit site

(Above) The faintest glimmer of sun through the showers over Loch Laggan on the home run – wintry conditions set to continue in the immediate…….

Comments on this post

  • Francis Neardover
    14th February 2018 8:08 pm

    Hi Creag Meagaidh,
    Great pictures, bring back memories.
    Shame it wasnt a Category two day as always went well with “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, the snowpack is stable, its category two”.
    Must get round and have a day out with you chaps. Used to gauge a heavy snow day on the ability to still see the wall round the front of Aberarder, if you could still hear noise on tarmac on the drive….and then theer was always that school bus around any corner on the way home!

    • meagaidhadmin
      14th February 2018 9:10 pm

      Ah yes, I remember the infamous Cat 2 Valentine forecast well (DSBW will still be spinning in his grave) – I had toyed with a “Roses are red violets are blue you’re on your own Category four”. Unfortunately I went with a Cat 3 today and the brain cells gave out!!
      Perhaps we should run a competition to cater for all Category options in future and get Mr Todd to judge. I’ll run it past him……

      Thanks for the buzz

  • Roger Everett
    15th February 2018 11:04 am

    Roses are red, violets are blue, go out and have fun, it’s Category One.
    Roses are red, violets are blue, don’t stay in the lee, it’s Category Three.
    Roses are red, violets are blue, the slopes are alive! It’s Category Five!

    there are doubtless many better versions …

    • meagaidhadmin
      15th February 2018 9:29 pm

      Sounds good to me Roger – although Poet Laureate made have an opinion…….!!

      Your note appreciated.


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