Blustery showers and Winter solstice…

22nd December 2023

The shortest day and longest night of the year, showers affected the area through this period, these were often heavy at times on strong winds, some of these showers fell as light snow mainly above 950 metres on North to Easterly aspects. New snow accumulations are neither deep or extensive mostly a dusting lying on bare ground. Summit midday temperature was minus 0.5 degrees celsius and 9 degrees at lower levels, winds were fresh to strong from West-North-Westerly direction.

Weather outlook for Saturday 23rd December ~ Overnight, some light snow showers, the snow showers will quickly turn to sleet then persistent rain during Saturday as the freezing level rises above the summits to around 2000 metres. Winds will ease for a time on Friday evening then Westerly gales returning overnight, continuing through Saturday.

The existing light snow cover will quickly thaw during the day as temperatures rise and driving rain saturates the limited snow cover. No avalanche hazard.

Meall a’ Bhuiridh currently holds the most snow in Glen Coe at present, these accumulations are not deep mainly a dusting on bare ground these are expect to diminish tomorrow as mild conditions affect the area.

Stob Coire nan Lochan on the left and Stob Coire nam Beith on the right both over 1100 metres with virtually no snow on these slope aspects.

Northerly aspect of Stob Coire nan Lochan has a light dusting of new snow.

Stob Coire Sgreamhach in the distance has a light dusting of new snow.

Stob Dearg has a trace of new snow, Coire na Tulaich clear of snow.

Northerly aspect of Stob Dearg.

A misty Aonach Eagach ridge. Low clouds were hovering over the summits for most of the day.



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