A minus 8C day

9th April 2021

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The Northerly airstream has returned, lows of minus 8C on the summit of Cairngorm today.  A few light snow flurries but mostly dry with drifting snow at higher levels.  The old snowpack is back to being very firm and icy.  Recently developed windslab accumulations surround the tops of gullies and corrie rims on NE, E to S aspects.  Although localised these accumulations could be triggered creating an avalanche big enough to knock a person off their feet and potentially be swept down firm icy slopes below.

A panorama of the Northern Corries.

A mountain hare emerges from beneath the rocks. Its fur is beginning to change colour to suit the changing seasons.

Coire an Lochain, bullet hard snow, with some areas covered in localised windslab.

 

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