Weakly bonded new snow
11th February 2018
Overnight, snow showers fell to sea level. West-North-Westerly winds were fresh to strong above 800 metres. It was a dry bright morning followed by further snow showers often heavy at times in the afternoon. The freezing level was around 300 metres. This has led to the formation of new areas of windslab, mainly on East to South-East aspects above 800 metres. These deposits are unstable, field tests showed Touchy to Reactive shears on similar aspects, particularly where they overlay a melt freeze crust. North and North-East also aspects maintain older deposits of windslab. Cornices are soft and unstable. Exposed and windward aspects are firmer and often icy. The avalanche hazard is Considerable.
This photo was sent in by a climber who was in Stob Coire nan Lochan yesterday. It shows avalanche debris that most probably occurred earlier that morning mainly on a North-Easterly aspect.
More evidence of Avalanche activity from yesterday on an Easterly aspect. Photo taken today so the debris is slightly covered in new snow.
Glen Coe this morning
Buachaille Etive Mor from the road this morning
Meall a Bhuiridh (left) and Sron na Creise – note the plumes of snow being scoured off the hill sides of Creise
North-East face of Sron na Creise
From near the summit of Meall a Bhuiridh looking Southward down into Coire an Easain with the sun glinting off Loch an Easain
Looking North-West towards the Mamores, with Sron na Creise in the foreground then Buachaille Etive Mor
Shooting cracks underfoot today these give an indication of weakly bonded windslab
Looking across the Rannoch Mor towards the Perthshire hills
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