20th December 2019
‘Meggie was deserted. Even the A86 was quiet, lacking the usual ‘early bird’ week-end traffic we normally see on a Friday. (P’raps you’re all too busy slaking your thirst at the annual Christmas party today?)
The calm before the metaphorical storm, maybe? It’s a good bet that the A9 will be the usual holiday-getaway-nose-to-tail traffic tomorrow, Saturday! If so, drive safe, people.
(Above) A prospect of Creag Meagaidh, looking west. Looking reasonably white today though there’s been noticeable snow loss especially below 850m. After mild overnight temperatures and rain there’s wet snow at pretty much all elevations at the moment. Cooler tomorrow with some overnight snow forecasted for up high.
(Above) The Post Face of Coire Ardair. Not quite as white & wintry when you’re up close.
(Above) Looking into the bottom end of Easy Gully on the Post Face. Contrast isn’t good on the photo but it’s possible to see some avalanche debris from a couple of overnight events. Some quite blocky debris lies at the foot of South Post from an minor full depth avalanche about half way up South Post itself. Also visible are a couple of cones of wet slab avalanche debris at the base of Centre Post – lower right hand quadrant of the photo. It was very mild and wet at all altitudes overnight which is probably when all of these slid. More recent minor wet slab debris over below Puist Coire Ardair – a steep N aspect, close to Bellevue Buttress.
(Above) Just visible, a little cornice debris below Bellevue Buttress – see lower centre of photo.
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