Poor vis and diminishing snow

4th November 2020

Covid-19

The Scottish Avalanche Information Service would recommend that those wishing to enjoy the winter mountains refer to Mountaineering Scotland and Scottish Government advice regarding Covid-19 and outdoor activities.

A milder day in the Northern Cairngorms with Cairn Gorm summit basking in a temperature of -0.5 degrees Celsius today.

The snow will diminish rapidly tomorrow, and we will most likely see a return to brown hillsides and pink granite. At lower elevations the visibility was excellent today with the odd shaft of sunlight breaking through the cloud.

As the snow is expected to diminish, forecasts are expected to cease until the return of significant winter conditions. Regular reports for all areas will be issued from Friday the 11th December.

 

Rime Ice

Rime ice on the Cairn Gorm summit weather station.

 

Evidence of wind transport

Evidence of wind transport in this small drift.

 

Excellent visibility at lower elevations

Excellent visibility at lower elevations below the snow line. Image from Fiacaill a’Choire Chais.

 

Approximately 40cm of snow in some isolated locations

Approximately 40cm of snow in some isolated locations

 

UKSAR Inverness Helicopter from Coire Cas

UKSAR Helicopter from Inverness out and about in one of the clearer spells.

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