Clear windy day

13th March 2021

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Today was a cold windy day with mainly Westerly winds. Instabilities remain in windslab on North through East to South-Easterly aspects above 900 metres. Windslab deposits are localised with high wind sheltered areas such as coire rims, gully tops and convex terrain most affected. Snow has also been blown into wind sheltered locations at lower elevations such as stream beds, gullies and hollows. Every where else the snowpack is firm and icy, and a slip would have serious consequences.

Looking into Cnap coire na Spreidhe, there is some fresh cornice formation in the foreground. Westerly winds have transported snow from left to right across the picture depositing it in the steeper more sheltered east facing aspects. The flatter  areas at the top and in the distance are scoured firm and icy.

Looking across to Beinn Mheadhoin with rocky tors on its summit. Plateau snow cover is still good, although very firm in many locations, note the icy snow surface in the foreground.

Looking towards Fiacaill Butress


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