Clearing up through the day

2nd January 2024

After some overnight snow the weather slowly cleared up through the day. The overnight snowfall was not extensive, and in general the fresh windslab was quite shallow. However, where it had built up to a significant depth, some instabilities did exist.

An avalanche was triggered on a North-West aspect at an altitude of 980 metres this morning, a report can be seen by clicking on avalanche on the avalanche map part of the website found here (might be best to filter for the last 48 hours depending on when you are reading this). Fortunately no one was caught. However, it is reminder that avalanches can (and do) happened on moderate hazard.  Observed avalanches can be recorded at here and are really useful to us when recorded in the data.

The best view from the hill (which is not very great). It was grey and claggy through the morning.

There is a fair bit of icy rime about on objects at higher levels. This is a view down though a section of rime which formed on a vertical post and then knocked off. Changing weather conditions as the rime grew from bottom left of the shot to the top right  laid down layers of ice with different characteristics, building up lovely layered structure which was visible when broken and then seen against the dark background of a pair of gloves. 

Looking up to Coire na Ciste this afternoon. The Ciste Gully has caught the snow quite well on the strong SE winds of late. 

The hill was in cloud through the morning. Around early afternoon it started to thin. 

The same view as in the previous photo an hour or so later. By this time (around 2.30pm) it looked to be lovely and clear up the hill. 

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