Cold and clear

24th January 2021

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It was another cold clear day. The cold temperatures have maintained the strong temperature gradient in the snowpack which means the soft weak layer underneath the windslab is still present. With cold temperatures forecast to continue this is weak layer is likely to persist. Accumulations of windslab are present on East to South aspects. Redistribution  of snow in strong Westerly winds is likely to cause further fresh windslab on North-East to South-East aspects.

The east side of Cairngorm. You can see sastrugi above the convexity and windslab below. This windslab overlies a soft weak layer. 

A cornice above an Easterly aspect in Ciste Mhearad.

Looking into Coire an t-Sneachda

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