19th February 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.

‘aiteamh’: the melting of ice, snow or other congealed matter. Snow showers this morning mostly above 700 metres, these turned rapidly to heavy rain at all levels. Midday summit temperature was plus 2 degrees celsius and strong to gale Southerly winds with driving rain produced substantial thaw conditions. Initially, new snow forming windslab in wind sheltered locations, then a rapid rise in freezing levels led to unstable wet snow instabilities in many steep sheltered locations. Areas mostly affected are West through North to East aspects above 800 metres with steep gullies, gully exits, coire rims and scarp slopes being particularly affected. Cornices are prone to collapse. The avalanche hazard is Considerable.

Stob Dearg and Coire na Tuliach of Buachaille Etive Mor.

Stob Coire nan Lochan – centre, note the rivulets of snow melt running off the mountains.

Avalanches are likely tomorrow.

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