Storm Christoph……

21st January 2021

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Storm Christoph brought us snow showers to lower levels accompanied by fresh to strong West-North-Westerly winds. Initially, freezing at all levels then the freezing level rose to around 450 metres. New snow amounts were generally on the light-side. However, new areas of weakly bonded windslab is present mainly on North-East to South-Easterly aspects above 800 metres. Other aspects have older localised instabilities. Also, new snow instabilities developing on other steep slopes above 800 metres. Areas particularly affected are steep wind sheltered locations, gullies, steep coire headwalls, gully exits and scarp slopes. Cornices are soft and fragile. The avalanche hazard is Considerable.

Three sister’s of Glencoe.

Stob Coire Altruim and Buachaille Etive Beag on the right.

Buachaille Etive Mor on the left looking westwards.

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