Milder than Expected
2nd March 2020
A band of rain and snow moved further north than expected bringing more persistent snow and a rise in freezing level during the morning. Snow transportation noted at higher elevations, adding to existing areas of windslab. Unfortunately, the visibility was poor as a result of low cloud associated with the front.
Snow cover on the sheltered aspects of Sgurr Dubh (782m) a Corbett on the south side of Glen Torridon, before the arrival of the weather front!
Liathach as the weather front trundled up the glen from the South-West, bringing rain and snow.
Two ‘helpers’ wishing they hadn’t agreed to join in the day! Deep accumulations of poorly bonded winslab in Coire an Laoigh at 725m. Poor visibility during the precipitation and becoming milder during the passing of the weather front.
As there was a rise in temperature, the surface snow layers become more moist which encouraged single point releases which were noted on Southerly aspects and roller ball activity as in the photo.
Typical as the weather front cleared to the east as we descended. Brighter spells arrived later in the afternoon.
Comments on this post
2nd March 2020 5:15 pm
Hi there, I know that the summit slopes above Poachers Fall are prone to avalanche, just looking for some local advice as to whether that generally extends round the corrie rim to the slopes above Umbrella Falls as well? Cheers, Craig
3rd March 2020 2:14 pm
Hi Craig. I hear that routes have been climbed in Coire Dubh Mor and that ice conditions are generally good. The summit slopes above the climbs on the back wall of the coire are not generally at a steep angle, but all face a similar aspect (North to North East) and can be topped with cornices. Keep checking the latest SAIS Torridon avalanche bulletins. cheers. Andy.