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27th December 2020

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A return to colder conditions as Storm Bella continues to pass through the UK. Slightly lighter winds today as Scotland was positioned close to the centre of the low pressure system. The freezing level dropped rapidly yesterday evening, giving snow down to the valley level for a time. The midday temperature on Cairngorm was -6.9 degrees Celsius today.

The cold weather looks set to continue into tomorrow, with a change in the wind direction, so windslab will most likely be redeposited.

 

Snow fences showing a thick plating of icy snow as the freezing level dropped late yesterday.

 

Plenty of cracking in small windslab deposits in the ski area. Indicative of weaknesses in the new windslab.

 

Meall a’Buachaille 810m, catching the sun (and the snow) opposite.

 

View into Coire an t-Sneachda with the firm icy surface of the snow visible in the bottom left. These west facing aspects having been scoured by the wind.

 

The summit plateau, between Pt 1141 and “Windy Col”.

 

Comments on this post

  • Judi Hill
    31st December 2020 1:27 pm

    Fab picture of the crack in the wind slab

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