Cold, clear and sunny again

5th March 2021

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Today was a return to cold clear weather. The snowpack was stable, firm and icy in all locations with  only isolated deposits of thin softer snow in some windsheltered locations on South to West aspects above 1000 metres. Slopes exposed to the sun softened later in the day.

The summit weather station on Cairngorm with Ben Macdui behind on the right. The limited amount of the weather station showing gives an idea of the depth of snow on the summit of Cairngorm. You can see the icy snow surface glistening in the sun. Note the low level clouds behind (further south) this is caused by a temperature inversion.

Looking across the plateau to Ben Macdui with Angels peak and Cairn Toul behind. The snow cover on the plateau areas is still very good, although the snow is currently very firm.

The Shelterstone crag with Derry Cairngorm behind. Again you can see the low level cloud further south.

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