Cold and clear

1st April 2022

A soft blanket of snow lies of all aspects, this is knee deep in wind sheltered lee areas on the plateau.  Beneath this the snowpack remains very hard and icy, with serious run out potential on steep slopes.

During Thursday and into the evening there was Snow fall accompanied by strong Northerly winds, this cleared during the night to leave a dry windless day.  Summit temperatures were around minus 8 degrees C first thing, but there is heat in the sun which is helping to consolidate recent windslab accumulations.  Instabilities remain on SE to SW aspects above 900m, see the SAIS website for more details.   https://www.sais.gov.uk/northern-cairngorms/.

Looking West towards Coire an t-Sneachda.

Looking South across the plateau from the summit of Cairngorm.

Powder snow with a few rogue rocks beneath.

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