Firm and Icy
29th January 2024
The snowpack was very firm and icy today, while even scoured plateau areas had a thick coating of ice. Correspondingly the Avalanche Hazard is Low and the greater risks are associated with uncontrolled slips or tumbles on hard snow.
In the current conditions acceleration will be quick, and the “run outs” limited due to the paucity of snow cover. This makes for quite serious conditions for travel through the mountains, but also providing excellent climbing conditions in the north facing gully lines.
The situation tomorrow is likely to stay the same, with a widely firm and frozen snow surface and ice at lower elevations on footpaths etc. With a clear and sunny day in prospect there is the possibility that the snow surface will soften in some places. This is likely to be confined to very steep East, South-East and South aspects which are in the sun. In these locations some glide or creep of the snowpack may take place. The Avalanche Hazard will be Low.
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