Mild and moist
16th March 2023
The freezing level rose above the summits around daybreak, then rain fell at all levels. The snowpack has become moist and is gradually consolidating in all locations.
The freezing level is set to remain above the summits and the snowpack will continue to consolidate. However, isolated surface instabilities may be present, mainly on steep North-West through East to South-East aspects above 900m.
Travel on foot today was hard going at times, sinking into moist and slushy snow. Above the tree line, the footpath into Coire Ardair still had a layer of snow on it, giving a wintery feel to the day, despite the mild temperatures.
There was limited visibility, but the sound of running water was ever present. Unsurprisingly, there was a noticeable absence of any human activity in the coire today, with just the mountain hares for company.
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