Intense Wintry Showers

9th April 2021

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A day of frequent and heavy wintry showers feeding in from the North-West, but bright and occasionally sunny between the showers. There is a shallow cover of fresh snow on most aspects and at most levels. However, there is significant snow transportation in the strong NW wind where moderately bonded windslab is developing in wind sheltered terrain, particularly above 700m. and notably, where it overlies the older snow.(Above) North top of Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich (820m.) and Sgurr Mor (1110m.) on the right. Such a contrast to the same shot from yesterday, but most of the new snow cover is shallow and superficial, particularly on windward terrain. There is warmth in the sun between showers.(Above) The Fannaich mountains of – from left to right; Sgurr Breac (999m.), Toman Coinnich (935m.) and A’ Chailleach (997m.). Some spindrift is noticeable blowing off the more exposed summits and ridges.(Above) Gloomy ahead of an approaching shower. Most of the precipitation initially was graupel (soft hail-like pellets), but turned more to snow as the shower passed overhead.(Above) Unpleasant, but short lived blizzard conditions during the more intense showers, particularly on exposed terrain.

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