Cold and wintery again

5th April 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.

 

A cold day freezing at all levels. There were frequent light snow showers, interspersed with periods of sunshine. The winds were strong North-Westerly.

New isolated accumulations of windslab have developed on East through South to South-West aspects above 900 metres. These new deposits of windslab are shallow and limited to wind sheltered locations such as coire rims and gully tops, which are easily avoidable. The existing older snowpack remains firm, icy and well bonded. The avalanche hazard is Low.

Easy morning light on Aonach Eagach from Loch Achtriochtan

Streams and paths icy from 500 metres. The rocks near this stream were encased in Verglas, a microscopic layer of ice formed by supercooled moisture freezing to the rocks. Invisible and very slippy.

Looking East across Stob Coire nan Lochan

2 of the 3 sisters, Gearr Aonach on the left and Aonach Dubh on the right.

Spring run on Meall a’ Bhuiridh. If you look closely you can see old ski tracks and some glide cracks from the recent thaws.

Lagangarbh cottage and Stob Coire Raineach.

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