Avalanche activity

17th February 2021

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This blog is intended to provide hazard and mountain condition information to help plan safer mountain trips.
Today was another windy day with strong South-South-West winds, after a warmer period the freezing level dropped and the snow surface later refroze. There was significant drifting of the new snow that fell this morning. Avalanche debris was observed in Coire an t-Sneachda on a Westerly aspect. This will have triggered on the persistent weak layer at depth in the snowpack.  Further avalanche activity is likely at this same weak layer as the temperature rises with heavy rain tomorrow.

Spin drift in Coire Cas

More spindrift in Coire Cas looking towards Meall a Bhuachaille.

Avalanche debris on a west aspect in Coire an t-sneachda.

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