16th November 2023
Prior to the start of the season on the 14th December, a standby service is provided. Forecasters have been monitoring the weather conditions as well as making field observations in the Northern Cairngorms and Lochaber.
The snow cover of recent days is largely superficial, although the snow line has gradually crept down the hill to achieve a “wintery look” above 800-850 metres. There are some localised deeper deposits on West and North-West facing slopes above 900 metres. The freezing level was around 950 metres today.
Some isolated instabilities may be present around the coire rim, particularly above West through to North-West aspects around 1000 metres. These are often present early in the season in cold temperatures when the snow pack is shallow. It is worth being switched on to this possibility as the relatively cold conditions persist though Friday. Some images from today appear below.
Unfortunately, milder conditions are anticipate for the weekend which are likely to result in significant snow loss.
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