Softening snow

16th April 2021

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After an overnight re-freeze the snowpack slowly began to soften through the day time, spring like conditions were encountered by the afternoon especially on sun exposed slopes.   Heavily shaded slopes remained firm and icy with a hazard of serious run out potential on steep slopes below.   A similar picture is expected tomorrow.

Beinn Mheadhoin, Loch Avon below.

Looking towards the Shelter Stone and Etchachan Crag, Ben Macdui in the distance.

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