Fresh snow and poor visibility
13th March 2023
(Above) Looking west along the main Coire Ardair path towards the upper end of Coire Ardair. 5cm of undrifted fresh snow on the path at 570m this afternoon. Snow line early doors was 450m. Visibility was, well, poor. All day. Not quite the full ‘white room’ experience near the plateau, but close!
(Above) Camera phone pano shot of South to West aspects in Coire Chriochairein. (South-facing is +/- the centre of the photo with West-facing aspects on the far right.) Developing cover of fresh snow in front of the camera… but I wouldn’t be prepping your skis for an outing here just yet! Yes, there was some drifting up high but quite a lot of the cold dry snow was simply airborne and not predisposed to drift. Windslab accumulations tended to be quite soft and moderately bonded in lee areas up near the plateau’s edge, and formed more or less exclusively on top of bare ground.
Very cold temperatures in prospect over the forthcoming 24hrs.
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