Scattered Snow Showers

23rd January 2021


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Good sunny spells between wintry showers today, although the showers were occasionally prolonged with heavy snowfall at times and drifting in a moderate to strong Westerly wind. Although the snowpack shows some consolidation, areas of moderate to poorly bonded windslab exists in steep sheltered locations, mainly North-East to South-East aspects above 700 metres.

(Above) Beinn Liath Bheag in the Fannaichs and the location for today’s snowpack observations. Fresh ‘snowtails’ in the foreground indicating that there has been strong winds in recent times (blowing from right to left) and snow drifts noticeable on the hillside in sheltered locations at 550m elevation, North-East aspect.

(Above) Looking from Bienn Liath Bheag to East aspects of Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich. The flat topped Cumulo-nimbus cloud on the horizon is of an approaching snow shower.

(Above) Sastrugi – snow erosion features as an indication of recent snow redistribution.

Above) Although there was generally light to moderate winds, stronger during showers, snow redistribution as low level spindrift was occurring.


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