Curtain closing

22nd April 2017

This is the last blog for this season we will return in December, so thanks for reading reports and blogs. Conditions today were very similar to yesterday and remaining snow areas are firm and well bonded and limited in extent please see photo’s today and yesterday. The temperature at 1100 metres at mid-day was minus 3.3 degrees celsius with light to fresh North-Westerly winds.

A rain shower passing over Stob Coire nan Lochan and Bidean.

Clachaig Gully on the South-West aspect of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh

Stob Coire nan Lochan on the left and Bidean in the centre

West face of Aonach Dubh with the summit of Stob Coire nan Lochan above.

The Aonach Eagach ridge with the river Coe next to the old road.

General situation forecast for tonight and tomorrow.

The cold North-Westerly airflow will be replaced by a milder Westerly aiflow later tonight and on Sunday. Thicker cloud in the West will produce light showers which will be mostly of rain, perhaps sleet on the tops. An area of low pressure will pass close to Shetland later on Sunday and this will be responsible for strengthening winds during Sunday afternoon and evening. These winds veering Northerly by Monday morning as low pressure moves off into Norway. This will bring a few days of very cold, Arctic air down across Scotland with frequent showers turning to snow at most levels.

The outlook for the next 48 hrs

The cold Northerly airflow will persist during the rest of Monday and during Tuesday. Further snow showers, most frequent and heaviest in the north. Showers will become fewer and lighter during Wednesday with freezing level rising to 900 metres. Milder Atlantic air will then feed in later in the week with much milder South-Westerly winds by the following weekend.

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