The calm before the storm.
15th January 2021
(Above) The main Coire Ardair path at 400m today. Good cover of snow and pretty much complete above 650m where it was quite deep. For a change the cover is consistently deep since winds during the last snowfall event were relatively light with negligible drifting. Fine day and quite bright for a time though clouds rolled in later.
(Above) Coire Chriochairein bathed in sunshine for a time this morning. Good cover. There’s some old cornice debris left of centre and sunlit which upon closer inspection was covered in fresh snow from a day or two ago so not a recent collapse. Reports of some more cornice debris in one or two places in upper Coire Ardair, too.
(Above) A view towards upper Coire Ardair from Coire Chriochairein. Snow is consolidating in all places below 950m but less well bonded snow was still present in steeper locations above this altitude today.
The weather outlook overnight and for Saturday is going to be quite a contrast to Friday. Much stronger winds and snowfall leading to much poorer stability in quite a few places. See the formal avalanche forecast for details.
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