Day 2 of everything being called off and cabin fever had well and truly set in. So, when the sun came out, it seemed like as good a time as any to head out and see what this Snowmageddon looked like around the Wee County.
Still under an outgoing Red Warning from the Met Office, It looked gorgeous and benign as we set off, but it came abundantly apparent why these warnings are put in place as we wandered and as whiteout after whiteout begin to cut slowly through all the layers of clothing. Even walking through snow when it's more than few inches is energy sapping. We were glad to get back to the warmth, shut the door and sit down with big mug of tea and some Digestives.
Huge respect to all those folk out in this keeping the roads clear and ensuring essential services keep ticking over. You all deserve hot tea on tap and free Digestives for the rest of the year.
The two images below show how quickly conditions can change with these snow showers - blue sky to whiteout in seconds. [click each for a bigger version]
The wind was whipping the snow into some huge snowdrifts at the top of the Brae, whilst two ploughs shuttled back and forward continually to try and keep that artery open (think it may have closed off completely through the night though). The roads were mostly traffic free as people took heed of the DON'T TRAVEL! warning, and we helped out a couple of those along the way that hadn't.
The cold killed off two full batteries in the camera and also the phone during our expedition, but glad we took the opportunity to get out and record this (hopefully rare) weather phenomenon.
Stay warm and safe folks, and, if you've a steaming hot mug of something handy, have a flick through the gallery below.