Snow Showers

31st March 2022

The cold Arctic Maritime airflow continued today bringing largely light scattered snow showers which developed from late morning onwards. As a result, there is a light dusting of fresh snow above around 550 metres. However, during the course of the day, the new snow ‘burnt off’ on sun exposed aspects and thawed at lower elevations. Otherwise, the patchy old snowpack remains firm, well bonded and stable throughout.(Above) A very light dusting of new snow persists in shaded locations such as this sheltered Northerly aspect behind a summit cairn.(Above) 2 Munros and a top in the Fannaichs. From left to right; Sgurr Mor (1110m.), Carn na Criche (961m.) and Meall a’ Chrasgaidh (934m.). Most snow remains on N through E to SE aspects, generally above 800m. as shown in this photo.(Above) Lovely to see a splash of colour in the mountains at this time of year. In this case, the fruiting bodies (red caps) of a Cladonia lichen, most likely ‘British Soldier Lichen’, named after the red uniforms of the British soldiers worn during the Revolutionary War.(Above) Lingering patches of snow on the Southerly aspects of Beinn Dearg (1084m.)

Comments on this post

  • David Bell
    31st March 2022 5:48 pm

    Thank you for posting the photo if Sgurr Mor Fannaichs on the 25th. It showed the quantity of snow left on The Resurrection which climbs the face of Sgurr Mor and finishes at the summit. We climbed it yesterday, the 30th, and had an excellent climb. Thank you.

    • torridonadmin
      1st April 2022 1:32 pm

      Hi David. Glad we were of assistance…! I suspect that there would have been a bit of ice forming? I could see it reforming on Carn na Criche. Cheers. SAIS Torridon.

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