End of winter, again, maybe?

8th May 2021

With strong South-Easterly winds, blowing snow and poor visibility it certainly felt pretty wintry at higher levels today. However, the poor forecast had not put people off, with plenty of teams out ski touring and split boarding. Weather conditions were okay first thing, but through the morning the wind increased, the visibility decreased and the freezing level started to rise. The snowpack has generally consolidated with the  milder conditions yesterday followed by a slight overnight frost. However, there were a few pockets of fresh slab forming through the day.

With temperature forecast to soon return to more normal values for the time of year, significant snow melt and consolidation is expected through the week, and so this may well be the last forecast of the season. However, we have said that before this year, and given weather so far this spring who knows what could happen. We will certainly be keeping an eye on conditions and, if required, can provide weekend forecasts. Statements to this effect will be made on the main webpage. If this is the last post, then have a great summer and see you when the snows arrive next autumn.

Heading up the carpark tow line this morning. Conditions were quite pleasant at this time, and numerous teams could be out on skis.

The view into Coire an t-Sneachda as visibility starts to decrease.

A brief spell of brighter weather before visibility went.

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