Frequent Wintry Showers

22nd January 2021

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This blog is intended to provide hazard and mountain condition information to help plan safer mountain trips.

A cold day today with blustery wintry showers, generally from the North-West and mainly falling as graupel. There are significant areas of fresh windslab that have formed and continues to form on NE through SE to SW aspects in wind sheltered locations as low as 500m altitude.

(Above) Snow blasted onto the windward facing (North-West) of a Scots pine wood at around 300m elevation. In this case the snow would have been damp enough to adhere to the trees.

(Above) A windblown winter mountain landscape. There are obvious exposed windward areas that have been scoured and lee areas of snow deposition where windslab is accumulating. Fresh snow is lying above 200m today.

(Above) Most wintry showers were of Graupel; rounded snow pellets up to 4mm in size.

(Above) Looking across to the Munro of An Coileachan located at the most northern and eastern edge of the Torridon forecast area.


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