For readers outside of the UK ( and probably Scotland), the snow we are currently having is probably an unremarkable event. However, to have the intensity and depth of snow so early in the season is highly unusual. Here at the foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds, we have had temperatures of -10C and now after returning from doing my rounds looking at our sheep ( we only have 8 now – used as grass cutters) we have around 12/13 inches (30-33 cms) of snow. That total has dramatically increased since lunchtime adding 8 inches (20 cms) and it is still snowing hard and forecast to continue until around 3 tomorrow afternoon.
Whilst the scenery now looks stunning ,( no chance yet to take pictures), a number of roads in my area are closed and travelling using my wife’s 4 x 4 is difficult as well. We are used to no gritting or snow ploughs around our villages, so travel can be difficult when we get conditions like this. 60 vehicles were stuck for 6 hours last night trying to get up some steep hills in our area. Non UK readers, I am sure will be bemused by our inability to cope with bad weather conditions, but we are as a nation simply not geared up for it.
One side benefit is that I been able to test some gear out in these conditions. My last post looked at the Exped Downmat and Kahtoola Spikes. I have left up my Hilleberg Soulo tent to see how it copes with copious snow. So far it has remained unchanged, the steep sides shedding the snow and the roof vent has not deformed yet, despite 12 inches of snow on top.
Update tomorrow after I would expect another heavy fall of snow.