Significant Snow Loss

21st February 2020

Gales and rain, occasionally torrential, this morning gave way to brighter more showery weather in the afternoon. Very mild, 11C in the glen today, so you can imagine that there was a heavy thaw at all levels, flooding and rivers in spate. A few small wet snow avalanches were observed today across our area, all of which were cornice collapse triggered.

Challenging driving conditions in the heavy rain and gales. Much localised flooding on the roads.

The eastern coires of Sgurr a’ Chaorachain, Applecross hills. Snow loss was more significant on the coastal hills. Loch Kishorn in the foreground.

The wind exposed west aspects of Sgurr a’ Chaorachain.

The eastern coires of Beinn Bhan, Applecross hills. Some avalanche debris noted in Coire na Feola (second from left) below the crags, with a dirty streak indicating that the slide gathered rock and vegetation on its path.

Liathach from Glen Torridon. Falling ice and rock is always a hazard during periods of heavy thaw, especially combined with lubricating rain!

The east end of Beinn Eighe. There is more snow on the mountains away from the coast.

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