Heavy Thaw

27th January 2018

What a difference a day makes! Although the hills looked very wintry yesterday in bright sunshine, it was superficial fresh snow and would obviously melt during a thaw – near enough 12 hours of ‘warm’ rain and gale force winds did the trick. Colder this afternoon and overnight, with a bit of fresh summit snow, but mild with rain again tomorrow and freezing levels above the summits.

Looking across Loch Kishorn to a pretty bare Sgurr a’ Chaorachain.

Sgurr a Chaorachain summit. The cold front passed around 11am with a brief glimpse of the sun. The site of today’s snow profile.

Coire a Chaorachain. A wet and much depleted snowpack and remains of old cornices.

The eastern coires of Beinn Bhan. Dirty snow streaks below the cliffs in Coire na Poite (middle coire) is evidence of overnight/early morning cornice and icefall collapse in the mild and wet conditions.

A ‘blackened’ Liathach early afternoon.

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