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Lake District

Weather hazards over 300m on Thu 29 Jan 2015

High risk

Blizzards
Strong winds in showers will lead to blizzard conditions, with a risk of total disorientation.
Gales
Gusts of over 50mph are highly likely, particularly on the fell tops.
Severe chill effect
Strong winds and wintry showers will combine to give a severe chill effect
Thunderstorms
Heavier showers are expected to produce lightning and hail.

Medium risk

Heavy snow
Heavier showers may group together to give persistent snowfall.
Storm force winds
Gusts of over 70mph are possible on fell tops, in association with heavy showers.
Persistent extensive hill fog
A risk of extensive hill fog where showers band together in the early hours.

Low risk

Strong sunlight
Sunny spells between showers will give glare off the snowpack.

No risk

Heavy persistent rain
none

Thu 29 Jan 2015

Wintry showers, heavy and thundery at times, with snow expected to accumulate to all levels during the day, particularly on the western fells. These showers will become more isolated after dusk. Gales continue to give a risk of blizzard conditions in showers, and a severe chill effect in exposed areas, though winds will also ease slightly during the evening.

Time
0600 to 0900 0900 to 1200 1200 to 1500 1500 to 1800 1800 to 2100 2100 to 2400
Weather
Light snow shower night Light snow shower day Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Light snow shower night Partly cloudy night
Precipitation probability
40% 40% 20% 30% 60% 30%

Visibility

Good outside showers, but poor in showers and very poor in heavier snow showers.

Hill Fog

Patches down to 400m in showers, with occasional patches to 200m in heavier showers.

Max wind above 500m

At first, westerly 40-45mph with gusts of 60-65mph and gusts of 70mph possible on the most exposed summits, becoming northwesterly 30-35mph with gusts of 50-55mph.

Temperature

Valleys:
Zero Celsius rising to plus 4 Celsius during the day then dropping to zero Celsius again during the evening.
800m:
Around minus 5 Celsius
Freezing level:
Around 200m.

Ground conditions

Latest: 28/01/2015 15:33 FELL TOP CONDITIONS REPORT Date: Wednesday 28 January Location Helvellyn summit at 1220 A return to full winter conditions on the fells today, with snow down to valley level. In most places the fresh snow is laying to a depth of about 5cm, but in drifts above 700m there is now 50cm of fresh snow overlying 100cm of old hard snow. The summit plateau is largely free of snow but has a covering of ice making crampons essential for anyone venturing into the hills. The other feature of travel in the fells today was the gale force winds. This made for very difficult movement on exposed slopes and summits. Visibility was also reduced to less than 5m at times with spindrift and fresh snow falling. The cloud base was mainly above the summits, but descended to 400m in fresh snow showers giving blizzard conditions. Exits from both Striding Edge and Swirral Edge have a bank of steep, hard snow (neve), and cornices are still in place on east-facing slopes. 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 essential for anyone going onto the higher fells. Temperature: minus 3.6 deg C. Maximum wind speed 64.7mph. Wind chill: minus 12.2 deg C. Average wind speed: 40.2mph.

Issued at: 0332 on Thu 29 Jan 2015

Fri 30 Jan 2015

Clear and sunny spells with wintry showers possible, giving snow accumulations at all levels. However these showers become more isolated during the day and are less likely to be heavy than on previous days. Strong winds giving a bitterly cold feel even in bright spells.

Visibility

Generally very good but poor in wintry showers.

Hill Fog

Persistent hill fog down to 400m where showers band together during the early hours, this lifting to leave occasional patches down to 400m in any showers.

Max wind above 500m

Northwesterly 35-40mph with gusts of 50-55mph.

Temperature

Valleys:
Zero Celsius rising to plus 4 Celsius during the day then dropping to zero Celsius again during the evening.
800m:
Around minus 4 Celsius.
Freezing level:
Freezing level generally at 200m, but rising to 400m for a time during the early hours.

Issued at: 0332 on Thu 29 Jan 2015

Sat 31 Jan 2015

Isolated wintry showers expected to give further accumulations of snow on the fells. Strong northerly winds. Freezing level around 300m.

Issued at: 0332 on Thu 29 Jan 2015

Sun 01 Feb 2015

Sunny spells and isolated wintry showers likely to give snow accumulations at all levels. Moderate to strong northerly winds. Freezing level around 200m.

Issued at: 0332 on Thu 29 Jan 2015

Mon 02 Feb 2015

Sunny spells with the chance of an isolated wintry shower. Northerly winds ease to become moderate. Freezing level around 200m.

Issued at: 0332 on Thu 29 Jan 2015