Very cold today

9th February 2021

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It was a very cold day today, freezing at all levels with a Cairngorm summit temperature of -11 degrees C. Cold temperatures are causing instabilities in the snowpack to persist. Slopes exposed to the recent winds are more stable.

The photo is taken from about 750 metres, with snow drifting in the foreground despite the lighter winds. Clouds still covered the higher peaks for much of the day.

Cornices above a North-West aspect at around 700 metres.

Large sastrugi just above the road at 550 metres. There is a lot of sastrugi on slopes scoured by the recent strong winds.

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