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WALES 2018/19: SNOW, IT'S NOT JUST FOR (A CHILD'S) CHRISTMAS IN WALES

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Do you usually get many snow days in March/April?

I imagine if it's anything like the rest of Britain, you'll see more snow in March than December?
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Mouse555 wrote:
Do you usually get many snow days in March/April?

I imagine if it's anything like the rest of Britain, you'll see more snow in March than December?


Yep.

March has been my constant for many years.

The dumps can be heavier and offer better coverage than December or January, but it doesn't stick around long though.
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https://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Penyfan/6day/top

Seen a few reports of a possible mini cold snap this weekend. Snow forecast predicting 10cm on Saturday but their totals seem to change massively every few hours and have been wayyy off a couple times this year.
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Always about the freezing level and wind speed
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Sleet/snow tonight with freezing level dropping to 600-700m. Visibility improving tomorrow but winds increasing.

Can't see it being one of the better skiing days but I might give it a go! Snow forecast still going for 10cm on the top.

10 is actually a very special number for me. Last month marked 10 years since I last skied outside the UK Smile
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I went.. it was a bit windy Very Happy

Looks like a bit more snow tonight (above 700m) and a much better day tomorrow. Tempted to give it another go because there was a 'decent' amount of snow collecting up high and with a bit more added.. it could be quite fun!

Would like to explore some new areas but conditions today were pretty tough so didn't want to stray too far from the path Very Happy


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Great stuff! hats off to the Welsh Warriors Very Happy
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Didn't manage to get up Monday. Saw a couple photos on Twitter that suggested there was a bit more new snow on the tops but it was thawing quickly by the afternoon.

Looks like mild stormy weather now until March - maybe Mike will bring some powder back? Very Happy

I've heard a lot of people saying this has been a mild winter? But I've had 4 good days in the Beacons so far (hard to define good.. because I don't really class myself as a proper skier Very Happy ) and another 4 more 'Mike days' where conditions aren't ideal but skis still quickest way to get about.. Very Happy

Really enjoying the Beacons experience I must say and this is a great community of snow sports enthusiasts snowHead
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47360952

UK temperature record for February has just been smashed.. and it's in Wales! 20.3C.

Next week is looking more average so the wait goes on Very Happy
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Just arrived in Cardiff Airport.

Wax the skis Wink
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@Mike Pow, A bit forecast for North Wales over the weekend but windy.

Welcome home.
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Looks like freezing level will be quite a bit lower in Snowdonia than the Beacons.. and more precipitation as well.

Any areas up north suitable for the less experienced skiers/boarders?
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Straight up from the lay-by next to Llyn Ogwen.

If it snows in Southern Snowdonia, then the slopes opposite Cadair Idris above Tal-y-Llyn are perfect - read grassy.

So too Aran Mawddwy near Lake Bala.
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Thanks Mike.

Will be interesting to see what happens over the next few days. Loads of precipitation forecast but how much will be snow...

Arpege model is suggesting some extraordinary accumulations further west on the Irish mountains. Only live 10 minutes from the ferry so i'm keeping a close eye on this Very Happy

https://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Carrauntoohil/forecasts/1038
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Any updates on the Welsh pistes? Very Happy

Apparently there was heavy snow in Dublin earlier but haven't seen any reports of anything here? 10C recorded at Capul Curig at 4pm makes me think there won't be much about?

It all looks a bit messy down south for the next week with temperatures up high mostly hovering a couple degrees either side of freezing.

I've got a few days off but I'd hate to have to travel over the border to get some turns in Very Happy
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Nothing in the Beacons yesterday
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Bit on the web cams off the A5. Next week is looking tasty though...
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A very light dusting above 750-800m

Left the skis in the car but there was probably a turn there somewhere Very Happy
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Most models suggesting colder weather from Sunday ('some' snow gaurenteed I would've thought).

Interesting to see what happens tomorrow and Friday. MWIS suggesting heavy snow above 600m, in the Beacons, met office suggesting something more sleety and snow forecast going for a couple cm's at 800m.

Snowdonia seems more 'snow sure' and looks like it'll see more precipitation over the coming days. Looks stormy though - I certainly wouldn't want go go venturing up there with the conditions I had on 10th Feb!

Oh the excitement Very Happy
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In Italy this weekend.

Back Monday evening.

Fingers crossed for some sport early next week
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Snow above 650m in Snowdonia. Nothing down South.. yet.
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Has anyone tried the Berwyns in North East Wales? Looks very grassy and similar looking to the Beacons.

Also looks to be in the firing line for some heavy snow tonight/tomorrow Very Happy
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@Mouse555, Yes, but never quite got them in condition although have seen avalanches up there. Photo's below from a few years ago from the Pistyll Rhaeadr side:


^^ Moel Sych


^^ Above the main path


^^ A line for the list, old workings.

Assuming the roads were ok, parking in Llangynog and heading over towards Moel Sych could work.
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I'm pondering doing something in Snowdonia on Monday but not sure if it's going to be worth the drive.
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@Mouse555, indeed:

https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=1417396
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Looks fantastic.

I'm tempted to have look at Berwyns tomorrow.. even it's just scouting new terrain for next season and taking some wintery photos Cool

Higher winds in the South and seems to be question marks about how much of the precipitation tonight will be snow. Seems like it might be a case of latitude over altitude..

We'll see
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@Mouse555, Did you go over ? I walked our local hills and could see snow on the Berwyns.
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I did indeed.

I should've probably planned it a bit better because I struggled to find places to park. I ended up parking a short distance down from the phone box in Tyn y Ffridd. Then I took the footpath by the farm opposite the phonebox up towards what I believe is Godor? (map reading skills aren't the best!). Unfortunately I had to head back early so didn't make it up to Cadair Berwyn. There wasn't much snow but there's always enough for a couple turns on the nursery slopes Very Happy



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It's always an adventure Very Happy

Snow forecast suggesting there could be quite a bit of snow for Tuesday/wednesday in the North. Also suggesting 12cm tomorrow for top of Pen Y Fan. Interesting to see if that comes off.

Milder Thursday/Friday and back cold again on the weekend it seems. Seen this quite a bit this year. Haven't really tapped into a prolonged cold spell so the snow has mostly been quite soft and baseless.
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great bit of snow/grass skiing, amazing how little is needed to attract the snowheads out, fair play, hoping for some up penyfan .
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Thanks Mike and Steve. I can't believe you haven't had a day yet Mike and we're half way through March. Surely a contender for your worst year?

I believe that was my 9th day so far. (Been really trying to bag as many days as possible Very Happy ). I would say 3 days we're pretty good and the rest were something of a novelty.. which isn't bad for what's been a very mild winter Very Happy

What I like about Wales is every time I've been, the snow always feels a bit different. Quite slushy yesterday (below 600m) but you can still get your turns in on the right terrain. February 1st in Beacons snow felt really quick, January 24th it felt fluffy and bouncy. It always feels different and I've never experienced that abroad.. but then I've never been off-piste Very Happy
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Yep.

0 days this season.

So far.

Hopefully soon.

Just back from Italy.
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Met Office and snow forecast still suggesting the possibility of a few cm's this morning up high in the Beacons.. so a possibility for Wednesday.

Looks like a lot will depend on exactly when (if) the rain turns to snow and how many showers there are following in behind.

Similar thing happened Saturday night. Temperature around freezing on the tops, precipitation moves in, temperature rises by 4-5 degrees in about an hour and then drops back just as quick as the front has moved through.

Off to Bridgend tomorrow so may stop by to check on the pistes if I've got time Very Happy
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Just had a quick look. Snowing heavily at Storey Arms with car temperature saying 0.5C.- freezing level lower than forecast it seems.

Rainfall radar looks like lots more precipitation left to fall so It could be on lads Very Happy
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Zero days here too. I usually manage something on the local Shropshire hills but it's not worked out.

Sunday for North Wales was looking a possible on the charts. We'll see.
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