Fresh snow

12th March 2021

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Today was cold and very windy. Fresh snow on strong winds overnight and early this morning have created localised accumulations of windslab in wind sheltered areas on North through East to South-East aspects above 900 metres. As often happens with very strong winds snow has also been blown into hollows and stream beds at lower elevations, many other areas remain firm and icy.

Looking up Fiacaill Coire Cas on a North-East aspect. Accumulations of windslab are present in the foreground, further up windslab accumulations are only present below the ridge line. Lower down the slope above the rocks remains firm and icy.

Looking into Coire an t-Schneachda, fresh windslab has been deposited on an Easterly aspect behind the moraines.

Snow blowing in Coire an t- Schneada. Despite the winds high up being West-South-Westerly winds in the coire were more variable. Much of the fresh snow ended up in hollows in the base of the coire.

Fresh snow deposits in a stream bed at just over 800 metres. Fresh snow has accumulated in some locations in stream beds, gully and hollows at lower levels.

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