First snow and where to look out for it

There’s talk of first season snow flying about the internet at the moment. A couple of weeks ago (30th August) there was a light dusting of fresh snow on Cairngorm and Ben Macdui.

Today Glencoe has seen a little snow too, the following picture is from the Winterhighland webcam at lunch time today (11th September). Certainly not enough for skiing! But no denying there’s some white stuff on the ground.

So where are good places to look for information on weather and particularly snow in Scotland? Almost without saying the UK Met Office provides mountain forecasts for the UK. Personally, in the mountains, I prefer those provided by the Mountain Weather Information Service, which is financed through sponsorship and support from government funded sportscotland. Although as both services are very good and easily accessible via a mobile device it’s sensible to check both!

If you’re heading to the hills in winter you should always see what the Scottish Avalanche Information Service has to say. www.sais.gov.uk will also automatically recognise a mobile device and provide you with just the information you need.

What about if you have a casual interest? Winterhighland has an excellent links page that pulls together webcams, forecasts and also feeds from automatic weather stations (AWS). I particularly like the climate robot pages available through the high level AWS links, suggesting here that on average 1.4 frost days can be expected on Aonach Mor during September. The hint is that lasting snow now (during September) would be the exception not the norm!

On Twitter, the #scotwinter hashtag often carries great pictures and inspiration!

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