Very windy with drifting snow

6th January 2022

Today there were storm force Southerly winds. Southerly winds always produce strong winds at lower levels as they accelerate from the plateau. Moving about was difficult at 550 metres and there was significant drifting and windslab formation at this height. This windslab has formed on top of the layer of soft unconsolidated snow and is therefore very weak.

Drifts forming behind trees at 550 metres, there was only a thin covering of unconsolidated snow here yesterday.

Snow drifting onto the steeper more sheltered slope in the strong winds.

Snow drifitng onto the ski road at 550 metres.

Looking at the Southerly aspects of Meall a Buachaille and Creagan Gorm, this side is mainly scoured, although spindrift could be seen on the ridge near the summit of Creagan Gorm (732m).

Unfortunately no visibility to the Cairngorms although the waves on Loch Morlich give an idea of the windspeed even at lower elevations.

 

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