Fresh snow for 2023
1st January 2023
It was a pleasant start to 2023 with fresh snow down to glen level overnight. For frequent visitors to the forecasts and blogs, snow was expected, but we got approximately three times the total amount anticipated for the day.
At 9am 9cm had already been measured at the Cairngorm Mountain Base Station, and the snow gates were closed while the road was cleared. Up on the mountain this new snow fell in predominately calm conditions under little wind. This gave a fairly uniform blanket of cover on all aspects and the absence of wind resulted in very little new windslab development.
Some weaknesses still persist in windslab accumulations from the previous days due to the cold conditions, notably on North to East aspects above 900 metres. These are generally found in steep convex terrain.
Tomorrow is expected to be a fine day, but with moderate winds will result in snow drift and new windslab accumulations, again on North to East aspects above 900 metres.
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