Deepening drifts.

5th February 2021

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Last night very heavy snow showers affected the area with snow falling to lowers levels accompanied by storm force Easterly winds this led to drifting snow above 400 metres. Today was relatively dry and 2 degrees warmer than yesterday, winds remained strong Easterly. The freezing level was around 500 metres.Drifting and new snow on strong Easterly winds has continued to form unstable windslab in many steep sheltered locations. Greatest accumulations are on South-West through West to North aspects above 700 metres. Steep sheltered gullies, coire headwalls and scarp slopes are particularly affected. Other sheltered areas have localised instabilities. Cornices are fragile. The avalanche hazard is Considerable. Avalanches likely tomorrow.

Taken at Altnafeadh looking at Buachaille Etive Mor with Meall a’ Bhuiridh in the distant left.

 

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