A cold frosty start…..

3rd March 2021

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

It was a cold frosty start this morning with lingering mist and clouds at lower levels, another inversion. Although the freezing level was above the summits it was minus 2 degrees at the roadside, the winds were light but chilling from the North-Easterly direction. The snowpack is generally well bonded and firm in all locations. On many aspects and particularly in shaded places the snowpack has an icy surface crust where crampons are advised. On steep, East through South to West aspects localised surface instabilities are present due to solar warming and cornices are unstable. The avalanche hazard is Low.

Hoar crystals after the hard overnight frost.

Frozen ground at lower level with plenty of frost on the heather.

At lower levels with the sun trying to burn off the mist.

Summit od Stob Dearg on Buachaille Etive Mor.

Surface hoar crystals on the surface of the frozen snowpack.

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