The Lake District awoke to its first significant snowfall of the season this morning, with all the major fells getting a good covering overnight coming down to around the 500m mark.
The weather for the next few days is set to remain cold with frequent showers, falling as snow on the fells. However the winds are also going to be pretty fierce on the fell tops and severe windchill can be expected. Ambient temperatures will be well below freezing above 500 - 600m. Milder conditions are expected for mid week, but any precipitation is still likely to be falling as snow above 600m.
The overnight snow will be unconsolidated at present, but if you are venturing onto the fells in the next few days we'd reccommend taking full winter kit, including an ice axe and crampons. Its better to have them and not need them, than need them and not have them.
Hopefully these promising winter conditions are a taste of things to come and the 2009 -2010 winter season will be at least as good as last year.
Don't forget to check our webcam for live pictures, and for a detailed mountain weather forecast visit www.mwis.org.uk