The storm before the storm
11th March 2019
(Above) Nearly 35cm of snowfall in the Met Office forecast for Creag Meagaidh over the next 24hrs…..before Storm Gareth kicks in. Not a huge amount of faith that we’ll see 35cms tonight and tomorrow but we’ll see.
Certainly wintry today at Creag Meagaidh but with a soupçon of ‘Mad March’ warmth & sunshine as well. The camera, as ever, only came out during the cloud breaks!
(Above) Always encouraging to see this on the drive to ‘work’. The Monadhliaths beyond Newtonmore – some of the hills that might be considered outliers to the Creag Meagaidh avalanche forecast area. The near skyline on the left is part of the very attractive Creag Dubh. Much improved snow cover here, better still further west at Creag Meagaidh.
(Above) The east face of Sron a Ghoire overlooking Aberarder. Top of the skyline is just over 800m. Generalised single point avalanche activity today at around 750m sparked off when the sun hit the surface of this recently drifted snow on this east-facing aspect. Note the drifting of cold snow on the skyline; this continued all day both in and out of showers. We often get this odd juxtaposition of cold/warmer temperatures at this time of year. The influence of heat from solar radiation, rather than simple warm air temperatures, plays a big part in this.
Definitely still winter up high though. The Sron a Ghoire plateau at noon today:-
(Above) A close up of part of the Post Face of Coire Ardair. Top of the skyline is 1050m. Deep, weakly stabilised snow is building at the top of all North to East aspects (+ a few others) and we are very likely to see avalanche activity in these and similar places above 750m over the next 24hrs….and possibly beyond.
(Above) A profile shot of the East face of Sron a Ghoire showing traces of the single point avalanche activity. If you look very carefully there’s what looks like a filled in crownwall high on the snowy face. Closer inspection with binos revealed it to be tracks left by a mountain hare.
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