New snow and freezing rain….

7th January 2021

Covid -19

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

Overnight, light snow showers fell mainly above 300 metres, also early morning, some freezing rain fell to lower levels. It was a dry day, freezing level fell to nearly all levels with moderate to fresh North-Westerly winds. New snow amounts are not extensive and are generally stable. Older localised accumulations of windslab persist in sheltered locations mainly on North to East aspects above 900 metres. Areas mostly affected are steep wind sheltered locations like as gullies, steep coire headwalls and gully exits. At lower elevations the snowpack is generally be stable. Cornices are fragile. The avalanche hazard is Moderate.

A thin cover of new snow fell last night and in the early hours of this morning.

Northerly aspects. Clach Leathad on the left with Meall a’ Bhuiridh the conical peak on the right.

Southerly aspects. Furthest left pointed peak is Sgorr nam Fiannaidh on the Aonach Eagach ridge then Stob Mhic Mhartuin the rocky bluff island on the right.

Watch out for the icy paths.

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