Some Sunshine, Lots of Wind.
8th March 2022
It was another sunny but windy day. Any soft snow that remained after yesterday’s breeze was redistributed in today’s gale. Much of the soft snow is been blown of the hill, and just dissipated back into the atmosphere. However, in sheltered locations there are areas of windslab. These don’t tend to particularly deep, but can be enough to catch people out as seen on the Cas headwall yesterday. In most locations the snowpack is scoured, and it hard icy and stable (crampons required).
The view across Loch Morlich this morning. It was not going to be a calm day. Interesting duck behaviour with the majority weathering the conditions in the shelter while a small group just visible heading out on the open water. Probably tells you something about duck psychology, but that is definitely getting outwith my area of expertise!
Streamers of blowing snow flowing down the White Lady ski run.
Higher up in the Cas. I think that photo summarises snowpack conditions at the moment. Mostly it is hard and icy, with a few areas of windslab such as that behind the snowfence in the centre, and blown snow snaking along the ground catching the sunlight.
The view to the North. The atmosphere is a lot hazier today than it was yesterday. This is likely due to all the snow, dust and other microscopic debris in it picked up by the strong winds.
The view into Coire an t-Sneachda.
Cracking of windslab. There are some pockets of not very stable windslab remaining.
A good shot of yesterdays avalanche on the Cas headwall. I went up to this spot today, and it was hard to tell there has been an avalanche at all, the crown wall was drifted in and most the debris had been blown away/merged into the snowpack.
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