Braw today but not tomorrow
3rd April 2021
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Braw today but all change tomorrow, as a cold front approaches from the North-West bringing gale to storm force winds. Some snow is expected but amounts are likely to be small. It will be a very different mountain experience from today, which was characterised by light winds and great visibility.
After a clear night the surface of the snowpack was frozen due to a radiation freeze. The snow softened quickly where exposed to direct sunlight (e.g. south facing adret slopes) but remained icy and frozen on the shady north facing slopes (ubacs). For those travelling on ski today within their Local Authority area, the choice of slope aspect and timing will have made a huge difference to the experience. Either “rattly” or spring “corn”.
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