Cold and calm……

28th December 2020

Covid -19

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It has remained cold, freezing at all levels overnight then rising to 300 metres today. Mostly dry and calm just the odd very light snow flurry in the afternoon, winds were practically zero. Deposits of unstable windslab persist in wind sheltered locations mainly on North-West through North to Easterly aspects above 850 metres. Some localised instabilities are present in other sheltered locations. Areas mostly affected are steep wind sheltered locations such as gullies, steep coire headwalls and gully exits. Cornices are fragile. Elsewhere, there is mainly a superficial covering of snow which is generally stable. The avalanche hazard is Considerable.

Aonach Eagach Ridge.

Looking South towards Perthshire Buachaille Etive Mor on the right.

Ski tourers heading up the Devil’s staircase

Buachaille Etive Mor.

Rannoch Moor.

Looking across the Rannoch Moor with Schiehallion in the distant right. The black line lower in the photo is the A82 road.

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