Low temperatures and snow showers

23rd January 2021

Covid -19

The Scottish Avalanche Information Service issues information to support permitted activity under current Scottish Government guidance.

Please be aware of current mandatory travel restrictions in Local Authority areas within Scotland and respect local communities by referring to Scottish Government guidance and safe route choices for exercise.

This blog is intended to provide hazard and mountain condition information to help plan safer mountain trips.

Cold conditions prevailed with low overnight temperatures at all levels these continued for much of the day. There were some early morning snow showers which gave way to a bright, dry morning, snow showers returned on occasions in the afternoon, falling to sea level. The winds were moderate to fresh and variable in direction but generally Westerly. Areas of weakly bonded windslab are present in steep sheltered locations with the greatest accumulations mainly on North through East to South-Easterly aspects above 800 metres. On these aspects field tests showed easy failures in the snowpack. Other aspects have localised instabilities on steeper slopes. Areas particularly affected are wind sheltered locations, gullies, steep coire headwalls, gully exits and scarp slopes. Cornices are soft and fragile. The avalanche hazard is Considerable.

Gearr Aonach on the left, Stob Coire nan Lochan centre and Aonach Dubh on the right.

Some ski tourers on Meall a Bhuiridh

The early morning sunlight on an Easterly aspect on Meall a’ Bhuiridh.

Looking Northwards from Meall a’Bhuiridh.

Returning home on the A82 after a sunny morning in Glen Coe.

The 3 sister’s of Glen Coe.

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