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Lake District

Weather hazards over 300m on Tue 03 Mar 2015

High risk

Gales
Consistent gusts of 50mph are expected through the afternoon and evening.
Severe chill effect
Strong winds, cold temperatures and wintry precipitation all combining to give a severe chill.

Medium risk

Blizzards
Strong winds and snowfall will combine on the highest peaks.

Low risk

Heavy snow
Snow is expected but is unlikely to exceed 5cm in accumulations.
Storm force winds
An isolated gust of 70mph is possible but only on the more exposed peaks.
Persistent extensive hill fog
Hill fog is expected but is unlikely to be consistent below 600m.

No risk

Thunderstorms
none
Heavy persistent rain
none
Strong sunlight
none

Tue 03 Mar 2015

Unsettled weather with patchy cloud and some blustery and wintry showers during the morning. Cold with icy conditions to start the day. Some sunny spells in the morning and dry for a time in the afternoon as cloud thickens from the west. Winds strengthen and a band of rain and sleet crosses the park in the evening with snow restricted to higher ground. Cloud becoming patchy before a dry end to the day.

Time
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Weather
Light snow shower night Light snow shower night Light snow shower day Sunny intervals Heavy snow Sleet shower day Sleet shower day Partly cloudy night
Precipitation probability
40% 60% 30% 60% 30% 30% 0%

Visibility

Good or very good in clear spells but falling to poor or very poor in rain, sleet or snow.

Hill Fog

Generally occasional patches above 600m. Becoming widespread above 500m with patches down to 200m during the afternoon.

Max wind above 500m

Southwesterly 30mph gusting 45mph. Increasing during the afternoon to 45mph gusting 60mph.

Temperature

Valleys:
Plus 1 Celsius rising to Plus 5 Celsius before falling to Plus 2 Celsius
800m:
Minus 5 Celsius rising to Minus 1 Celsius before falling to Minus 3 Celsius
Freezing level:
Around 200m but rising to 500m during the afternoon.

Ground conditions

Latest: 02/03/2015 15:38 FELL TOP CONDITIONS REPORT Date: Monday 02 March 2015 Helvellyn summit at 1205 Fresh snow has fallen at all levels and settled above 200m. It has been blown in on gale force westerly winds so, once again, coverage varies enormously from a dusting on windswept areas - such as large parts of the summit plateau - to drifts of 20cm on eastern slopes with an average of around 6cm at 900m. The fresh snow is very soft and above 600m, but especially above 750m, can lie on top of old, hard snow with no bonding between the two layers. As with the recent snow, the greatest accumulations of old, hard snow are on east and north facing aspects. Extreme care and caution will need to be taken when tackling such slopes - such as the exits to both Striding and Swirral edges. The summit plateau was covered in ice and verglas. On Sunday, cracks were seen in the small cornices above east and north facing slopes; the cornices could not be seen today, owing to lack of visibility, but have probably grown slightly so please keep well back from such edges. Exposed routes, such as Swirral and Striding Edges, have returned to winter condition and should only be attempted by those experienced in, and equipped for, winter mountaineering including the ability to assess the stability, or otherwise, of the snowpack. Full winter clothing and footwear are essential for those venturing out onto the fells; for those attempting, or traversing, steep routes above the snowline an ice axe and crampons are also essential and strongly recommended for anyone going above 750m owing to the amount of ice and hard snow on paths. Goggles are highly recommended especially if strong winds are forecast owing to spindrift let alone fresh snow and hail being blown about. In addition, the ability to navigate accurately in winter conditions when paths disappear is also crucial. Temperature: minus 4.8 deg C. Maximum wind speed 41 mph. Wind chill: minus 16.4 deg C. Average wind speed: 33.9 mph.

Issued at: 1742 on Mon 02 Mar 2015

Wed 04 Mar 2015

A band of rain and snow crosses the area followed by few showers, these wintry above 200m. Turning drier during the morning with some clear and sunny spells developing during the late morning and through the afternoon. Turning colder during the evening but dry before cloud again thickens form the west.

Visibility

Good or very good in clear spells but moderate in rain and poor or very poor in sleet and snow.

Hill Fog

Soon becoming widespread above 500m and also ending the day that way. Inbetween lifting and becoming isolated patches above 800m for a time.

Max wind above 500m

Westerly 35mph gusting 55mph at first steadily easing to 15mph gusting 25mph later in the day.

Temperature

Valleys:
Plus 2 Celsius rising to Plus 8 Celsius before falling to Plus 2 Celsius again.
800m:
Minus 3 Celsius rising to Plus 1 Celsius before falling to Minus 3 Celsius again.
Freezing level:
Around 500m but rising to 800m later.

Issued at: 1742 on Mon 02 Mar 2015

Thu 05 Mar 2015

Dry but rather cloudy throughout the day. Some patchy rain is likely in the afternoon. Moderate west or southwesterly wind. Freezing level 800m rising above the summits during the morning.

Issued at: 1742 on Mon 02 Mar 2015

Fri 06 Mar 2015

Issued at: 1742 on Mon 02 Mar 2015

Sat 07 Mar 2015

Generally wet and cloudy with a front moving in from the west. moderate to strong southwesterly. Freezing level well above the summits.

Issued at: 1742 on Mon 02 Mar 2015