After the rain, wintry showers

18th February 2021

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Overnight, rain fell at all levels then the freezing level slowly fell to around 700 metres with wintry showers above this height. The winds were strong from a Southerly direction. Accumulations of moderately bonded windslab is present in wind sheltered locations, mainly on North-West to North-East aspects above 850 metres. Localised instabilities also exist on West and East aspects. Steep sheltered locations, gully exits, coire rims and scarp slopes are mostly affected. Cornices are soft and fragile. The avalanche hazard is Moderate.

Westerly aspect of Beinn Fhada 931 metres.

North-Westerly aspect of Stob Coire Raineach 925 metres.

Freezing level rising to around 1700 metres tomorrow. Outlook: Mild or very mild with further rain on Friday night and Saturday. Southerly gales or severe gales at height. Drier, cooler conditions developing early on Sunday, winds easing.

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