Storm Force Winds (again)

2nd February 2024

Today was another day of storm force winds with gusts of over 118mph recorded on the summit of Cairn Gorm. The firmness of the snowpack has changed significantly, transitioning from being firm and icy yesterday, to become moist and soft today. The snowpack is thawing at all levels. The photos below show where snow remains, which is mostly above 800 metres on coire back walls and in shallow gullies.

As the freezing level drops overnight, the snowpack will return to being firm and icy, with any slip or fall potentially having serious consequences due to exposed rocks.

The Allt Mòr, looking upstream towards Lurcher’s Crag (1053m) on the left, with only a few snow patches remaining.


Coire na Ciste. The remaining snow is in thin ribbons either in gully lines, or beside snow fences. There are a few new holes showing in the bottom of the Ciste Gully with the stream flowing fast underneath.


Looking across Loch Morlich into Coire an t-Sneachda and Coire an Lochain. There were plenty of white horses on the water today.

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