Squally Wintry Showers

18th March 2020

A day of sunshine and scattered snow showers with beautiful views. Feeling cold in the fresh to strong West wind, especially during the squally showers. Due to the strong winds moving fresh snow as spindrift, areas of windslab are building in sheltered lee aspects and gaining depth in some locations.

Below are some views of the Fannaich mountains and surrounds, clearly showing the current extent of the snow cover.

Looking into the main Fannaich mountains. There is some heat in the sun between showers! From left to right we have; Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich (Munro, 954m.) with its North Top in front, Sgurr Mor (Munro, 1110m.) in the cloud, Carn na Criche (top, 961m.) and Meall a’ Chrasgaidh (Munro, 934m.).

A similar view to the above photo as another wintry shower approaches. Some of the showers were quite intense!

There was significant snow transportation (spindrift) between showers as seen in this photo of Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich and Sgurr Mor, although most of the spindrift was being blown to low levels in the gusty winds. Fresh cornice growth was noted albeit rather small in size.

Not much snow remains below 500m., but there is reasonably good snow cover above 600m. and some exposed windward slopes and ridges are scoured. An Teallach in the distance.

The exposed Southerly/South-Westerly aspects of the Beinn Dearg hills as seen through foreground spindrift. Also in the foreground, fresh windslab is building on Easterly aspects, even here at 600m.

An impressive looking An Teallach with the Corbett (just!) of Beinn Dearg Mor on the left.

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