Sun out: camera out!

24th March 2024

(Above) Current snow cover on the eastern end of the Carn Liath massif. Looking white but quite a lot of what you see is superficial particularly on the rolling plateau at this eastern end of the Creag Meagaidh forecasting area. Different story in some of the sheltered coires…


(Above) Coire Chriochairein – ENE through E to SE-facing aspects here with better snow cover. Misty/cloudy but very bright and quite sunny at times too. The surface snow was quite moist on slopes directly exposed to the spring sunshine so no surprise then that there was some limited rollerball activity on steeply inclined ground. Overall trend within the snowpack though is a consolidating one.  Today’s sun-exposed slopes will get effectively nailed by much colder temperatures tonight and during Monday. The only areas of concern here are the deeper windslab deposits at the top of the coire backwall where some residual instability will persist; in addition, quite a few of these places are overhung by weak cornices.

Some snowfall in the forecast for Monday coming in on light ESE winds around midday. Expecting some new soft windslab development on the few-and-far-between NW and W aspects on our patch, giving localised instability mainly above 950m.


(Above) The jewel in the crown. The crags and gullies above the lochan at the end of Coire Ardair resplendent under a mantle of sunlit snow.

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