All mountain areas of Britain from Tuesday, 10 January, 2017. A much colder week. On the Scottish Highlands, a very brief thaw early hours Wednesday morning, but otherwise the mountains permanently below freezing point until next Sunday. Elsewhere, all mountains dropping below freezing point by Thursday when snow will fall extensively, the precipitation considerable on western mountains where frequently heavy. Access to mountain areas may well be difficult on Thursday and Friday when snow will lie even in some valleys down to south Wales. Upland gales, sometimes severe or storm force will be widespread until Friday.
So the snow is on its way! We have bits and pieces of ice and the ground is cold so this snow fall, along with fluctuating temperatures, will be very welcome and will build good winter climbing conditions quickly.
Winter climbing is often a bit like Forest Gump's quote "My mamma always told me life's like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get!"