Cold Notherlies

15th January 2024

Summit temperatures of around -10°C combined with a strong Northerly breezy meant it was feeling very chilly on the hill today. As is common when the wind is from the North the cloud never really cleared at from the higher tops. Areas of windslab exist in sheltered locations, and these are not consolidating in the cold conditions. Remaining cold with some fresh snow tomorrow. There looks to be a bit of uncertainty as how much snow we will actually get, most likely just a few centimetres. However, if this low tracks a bit further North than expected, then it possible it could be up in the tens of centimetres. This scenario would increase the hazard level from a moderate to a considerable. Something to bear in mind if you are heading out and about tomorrow.

Loch Morlich this morning. A few snow showers overnight and through the morning lead to low visibility on the hill.

The view from Glen More Lodge less than an hour after the previous photo was taken. The snow showers had cleared, and there was plenty of blue sky above. However, a bank of cloud was hanging over the hill. This common when the wind is from the North that the hills are clagged in.

Some substantial feathers (or scales) of rime ice on a snow fence.

It was -9.4°C at the pit site today. The summit temperature at midday was -10.4°C. It felt pretty chilly in the wind, but nice to see some low temperatures.

Visibility was poor for most of day, but it did briefly clear to give nice view to the north.

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