Yet another change in the Weather

22nd January 2018

Well today saw another change in the weather. From sunny and cold on Saturday, to wild and snowy yesterday it went to mildish and damp today. Although it was raining at lower levels it was still just about snowing above about 900 metres. I saw evidence of a couple of recent avalanches; a small one on Beinn Fhada which was visible from the main road and a more substantial one on the Flypaper ski run on Meall a Bhuiridh. It was hard to tell the size of this latter one due to the poor light, but it was a good size two avalanche. I am sure that other avalanches would have occurred in Glen Coe over the past 24 hours. If you do see an evidence of any avalanche activity then it is much appreciated if you can let us now about it by filling the report an avalanche form found on the main SAIS webpage.

The West face of Aonach Dubh looking a bit blacker than it did yesterday (see picture on yesterday’s blog). 

Streams which were choked with snow and ice are starting to flow. 

Plenty of standing water in the floor of the glen. 

Avalanche debris from a natural avalanche on the Flypaper ski run of Meall a Bhuiridh. Due to the flat light it was hard to tell exactly how large it was, but it was probably the upper end of size 2. 

More debris from the flypaper avalanche. 

At an altitude of 880 metres it was snowing, but only just. The temperature was plus 0.8C and the wet snow was sticking to everything (such as my skis in the picture) and slowly melting. This resulted in a slightly damp avalanche forecaster. 

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