Approaching Weather Front

13th January 2021

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After a red sky sunrise, high cloud thickened and lowered ahead of an occluded weather front slowly moving in from the South-West. Summit snow arrived in Torridon around early afternoon and later in the north of our area. The general snowpack is refrozen and stable throughout. Some shallow areas of windslab exists mainly at higher elevations with an East to South aspect.

(Above) Fannaich mountains. A typical landscape of a refrozen snowpack following a significant thaw. Most snow exists above 600m. There is a thin covering of fresh snow.

(Above) Large or unstable cornices collapsed during the recent thaw and heavy rain. Most remaining cornices are rounded off and refrozen.

(Above) Dark and thickening cloud approaching the Torridon hills from the South-West along with strengthening South-East winds.

(Above) Red sky in the morning……! Looking up Loch Broom from Ullapool onto the Beinn Dearg hills.

Comments on this post

  • Allan Crawford
    13th January 2021 10:05 pm

    Two great photos !

    • torridonadmin
      14th January 2021 1:30 pm

      Thanks Allan. We do our best..!

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