A Dreich Day

23rd December 2021

A disappointingly grey and damp day after a long period of great weather!

The remaining old snow patches have softened slightly with the milder temperatures and rainfall. But, as you can see on this photo taken looking down the West flank of Cairngorm at around 1100m, the snow still remains firm enough to need crampons for safe travel.  Run outs onto broken ground and rock would be very consequential.

Surprisingly, we headed up through the cloud and drizzle in lower Coire Cas into clearer visibility.  Sadly, that did not mean dryer conditions, we experienced constant drizzle whilst we were out. Photo below looking back down Coire Cas into the cloud inversion around 700m.

Below is the view looking up at the Coire Cas Headwall this morning.  Patchy, old snow is all that remains.  However, this is about to change as we are expecting up to 20cm of snow to come in overnight, on moderate easterly winds.  So we can expect to see a significantly snowier landscape tomorrow with some accumulation of fresh unstable windslab on West and North West slopes above 800m.  A white Christmas Eve 🙂

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