Winter snow returns after sunny spell

Wednesday 04th Apr 2012 by theWeather Club

After the record breaking temperatures, which led one visiting African student to compare the temperatures to those back at home, winter weather returned to Scotland with a vengeance. More than 15cm of snow fell in the space of four hours in some parts of Scotland as an Arctic weather front swept across parts of the country. Around 10cm of snow has carpeted most parts of northern Scotland with accumulations of 17cm recorded in Aviemore in the Highlands and temperatures of close to -2C° in Glen Ogle. A mountain rescue team was called to assist a group of nine people left stranded by the snow in the Cairngorms. They were later flown to safety in Braemar by a Royal Navy helicopter.

However it has not all bad news. The late fall of snow has given Scotland's ski areas hope of more business after a disappointing winter. Colin Matthews, operations manager at Cairngorm Mountain, said: "It's very wintry, I'm glad to say, very cold at the top of the mountains - minus six and drifting snow. It's very unusual not to have skiing in April so this is looking good."

All this the week after a new March Scottish temperature record of 23.6C° was set in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire. Being only a week after many were soaking in the sun at the local beach, at least some folk will still have their recently acquired suntans for comfort as they watch the snow come down.