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Fell Top Conditions on Monday 26 January

Readings from Skiddaw summit at 12:20

Temperature minus 0.3°C Maximum wind speed 38.7mph Wind chill minus 9.6°C Average wind speed 27.3mph Wind direction W

Today's ground conditions report is from Skiddaw. Further thawing of the snowpack has resulted in a much diminished covering. There are patches of soft, wet snow above 550m, with larger areas above 750m. Even at 900m much of this is wet and slushy, but there are still a few icy patches in places. Maximum depth of snow recorded on Skiddaw was on east facing slopes below the summit ridge. Here the patches were up to 1m in depth.

On any corniced slopes there is a real danger of cornice collapse, potentially triggering avalanches. Please keep back from these edges, and advise less experienced walkers to do likewise.

Full winter clothing, footwear and equipment are essential for those venturing onto the fells, and an ice axe and crampons are recommended, especially if the temperatures drop at all.

Met Office forecast for Tuesday

Issued 26 January at 16:16

A cloudy day with drizzle at times particularly during the afternoon and evening, and mainly on the fells. Possibly falling as light snow in the highest fells during the day. Fresh winds, but increasing during the evening.

0000 to 0300

Partly cloudy 20% chance of precipitation

0300 to 0600

Medium-level cloud 40% chance of precipitation

0600 to 0900

Light rain showers (night) 60% chance of precipitation

0900 to 1200

Medium-level cloud 40% chance of precipitation

1200 to 1500

Sunny intervals 20% chance of precipitation

1500 to 1800

Medium-level cloud 40% chance of precipitation

1800 to 2100

Light rain showers (night) 60% chance of precipitation

2100 to 2400

Light rain showers (night) 80% chance of precipitation


Good but moderate in any drizzle or snow.

Hill fog

Periods of hill fog above 500m, but occasionally as low as 200m.

Wind at 500m

Westerly 20mph with gusts of 30mph, but in the evening turning southwesterly 25mph with gusts of 40-50mph.


  • Valleys/low level: Plus 4 Celsius, rising to Plus 7 Celsius during the morning.
  • At 900m: Around Minus 1 Celsius
  • Freezing level: Around 700m, rising to well above fell tops through the evening.


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Storm force winds

No risk


Medium risk - In the evening, southwesterly winds will give gusts of 50mph on exposed peaks and ridges.

Severe chill effect

Low risk - Strong winds could combine with rain to give a chill effect.

Persistent extensive hill fog

High risk - Hill fog is likely above 500m, particularly during the morning and again towards midnight.


No risk

Heavy persistent rain

No risk

Strong sunlight

No risk


Low risk - Strong winds and snowfall on the fells towards evening gives a risk of blizzard conditions.

Heavy snow

No risk

Forecast for Wednesday

Rain becoming heavier during the early morning, with extensive cloud cover. This breaking around dawn, to leave bright spells between scattered showers. These showers wintry, falling as snow on high ground and snow to low levels in any heavy showers. Snow combining with strong winds and gale force gusts to give a risk of blizzard conditions.


Very good but moderate in rain and poor in snow showers.

Hill fog

Before dawn, persistently to 500m, with patches to 200m in the rain. This breaking in the morning, to give patches to 400m in any showers.

Wind at 500m

Southwesterly 30mph with gusts of 50-60mph at first, but during the morning becoming westerly 40mph gusting 75mph.


  • Valleys/low level: Plus 7 Celsius, but falling to Plus 2 Celsius during the day.
  • At 900m: Zero Celsius, but falling to Minus 5 Celsius during the day.
  • Freezing level At first well above summits, but around dawn dropping to 200m.

Outlook for next few days


Sunny spells between showers, with snow falling to all levels at times but mainly on the fells. Strong to gale force westerly winds give a risk of blizzards and chill. Freezing level around 300m.


Showers continue, but become less frequent during the evening. Showers falling as snow over high ground (above 300-500m) during the morning and to all levels by evening. Winds ease and become northerly through the day. Freezing level around 400m but sinking to 200m during the afternoon.


Sunny spells with isolated snow showers, falling as snow to all levels. Strong northerly winds. Freezing level around 200m.

Recent conditions

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