Cold stormy conditions continue

4th February 2021

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The cold Easterly airflow has led to continual snowfall down to glen levels.  Gale force winds at higher levels,  drifting snow above 400 metres.  Weaknesses remain beneath unstable accumulations of windslab which are currently deepening and becoming more widespread.  Unstable snow is affecting relatively low levels, avalanches have been observed just above glen levels.   This cold weather trend is set to continue with heavier snowfall expected over the next couple of days.  See the avalanche forecast for more details.

At 500 metres on a South-West aspect. Unstable conditions demonstrated.

At 450 metres looking South towards the Cairngorms.

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