Thaw conditions

29th March 2021

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Today was a very warm windy day with the snowpack thawing at all levels. Strong winds limited how far I could travel, today’s pictures are therefore similar to yesterday’s but show a comparison in conditions. The thaw is due to continue tomorrow, remaining cornices will be prone to collapse in the mild conditions. There will be a return to colder conditions on Wednesday.

Looking into Coire an t-Sneachda. The snow loss low down and on the approach slopes is obvious compared to yesterdays photos, but still good cover higher up. Remaining cornices are prone to collapse and rockfall is a hazard in thaw conditions.

Fresh debris most likely caused by cornice collapse during heavy rain last night is evident below the central gullies.

A photo of the ski area for comparison to yesterdays. Cover remains good above about 950 metres.

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