Fresh Snow

24th March 2021

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

There was a dusting of fresh snow on the mountains today making them look more wintry at least! The new snow line was around 600m this morning, but rose to around 700m as the freezing level crept upwards ahead of a weather front that brought more precipitation and cloud in the afternoon. Pockets of shallow windslab had accumulated overnight in steep wind sheltered locations at the highest levels, but not in significant amounts.

Above two photos of Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich (954m) and Sgurr Mor (1110m) taken from same location; top one taken yesterday morning, the lower one this morning. showing the small amount of fresh snow that fell overnight. The old snow patches are more obvious which are refrozen and firm at all levels.

(Above) A closer view of Sgurr Mor on the left and Carn na Criche (961m). The new snow line is at 650m.

(Above) A wintry looking NE aspect of Meall a’ Chrasgaidh (934m). Most snow in the photo is old snow with the new snow is just a cosmetic covering.


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