10th February 2022
It was wild snowy day with a proper winter feel about it. Driving in this morning you could tell from the haziness of the hills that there was a fair bit of snow blowing around up there. Once on the hill visibility was poor due to the amount of spindrift, particularly during snow showers. It was pretty breezy as well with gusts of up to 115mph being recorded on the summit of Cairngorm late morning. When it is this windy a lot of the snow that falls gets either blown off the hill, or sublimates back into the atmosphere. Today was no exception with much of the the hill be scoured and in many area the snowpack is very shallow. However, snow fences and very sheltered areas were catching the fresh snow quite well, in these locations the snow was soft, deep and not very well bonded. Something to be mindful of if you are going to try and get out tomorrow before it turns a bit milder on Saturday.
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