Kicking off the season with Storm Debi

13th November 2023

Prior to the start of the season on the 14th December, a standby service is provided. With Storm Debi rolling through Scotland, forecasters have been out in the Northern Cairngorms and Lochaber today, tasked with making field observations.

I will let the images do the talking. But the snow cover of recent days is largely superficial with some localised deeper deposits on North-West facing slopes above 1000 metres. The freezing level was around 1100 metres.

Overnight some light precipitation is expected, although the Northern Cairngorms are expected to avoid the worst, greatest amounts being likely to the South and East in Aberdeenshire and the Southern Cairngorms.

Some isolated instabilities may be present around the coire rim, particularly above West through to North-West aspects around 1100 metres. These are often present early in the season in cold temperatures when the snow pack is shallow. As the freezing level fluctuates it is worth being switched on to this possibility, particularly if you are in steep terrain.


Deeper snow accumulations around the coire rim. Approximately 130cm of depth in isolated locations, here on a North-West aspect at 1111m.


The Mess of Pottage in Coire an t-Snechda. Slightly whiter in the top half with snow barely covering the boulder field below.


The Mess of Pottage in Coire an t-Sneachda – white but largely superficial cover with the exception of the North-West facing slopes in the centre of the image. Slightly deeper accumulations are present here in sheltered hollows following the South-Easterly winds of late.


Alladdin’s Buttress Coire an t-Snechda…

Comments on this post

  • tim
    13th November 2023 5:30 pm

    Great to have yu back love your pics

    • ncairngormsadmin
      13th November 2023 7:36 pm


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