Ben Nevis, Glen Coe, Cairngorm receives snow on longest day of the year

Written by on June 26, 2018 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland with 0 Comments

In the midst and in the wake of an unseasonably stormy spell between June 18-21 the tops of the Nevis Range, Glen Coe, Cairngorms among other ranges received fresh snow on the longest day of the year. Ben Nevis found itself in near whiteout conditions along with a decent covering of fresh snow on June 21.

This was the scene captured on Ben Nevis by Dawn Fotheringham.

Credit: Dawn Fotheringham

When the Nevis Range gets snow, it typically snows elsewhere in the higher ranges.


This snow arrived as colder air wrapped around the backside of Storm Hector. Cairngorm Summit observed a wind gust of 105 mph and with air temperatures hovering at 2C within those severe gale-force winds, the realfeel dipped to -11.4C. The following day (21st) saw a daytime maximum of just 2.6C on the summit.

This is a good example as to how winter is possible at ANY time of year in the upper portions of Scotland’s mountains.

In recent days, the Lochaber Mountain Rescue team continued the search for a man who fell through an overhanging cornice in Observatory Gully back in January. As of June 23, snow is still measuring depths of 10 metres or 33ft within this gully.


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