Warm, wet and windy

20th December 2023

Another mild, wet and windy day today. Heavy rain at all levels in the morning, eased slightly to give some breaks during the afternoon. High water levels were the main feature of today. The thin summit snow cover from yesterday is rapidly thawing in the warmer temperatures. More rain with storm force winds is forecast for tonight, the temperature is due to drop tomorrow as the rain eases. Showers during the day will turn to snow above around 600 metres by the end of the afternoon. Snowfall amounts are not expected to be significant. There is currently not enough snow to justify an avalanche hazard report.

As good as visibility got from our high point near the summit of Sgurr a Chaorachain. The temperature was 4.7 degrees Celsius at 770m and there was no snow in sight.

Our Mountain Equipment waterproofs keeping us dry, wellies were the best footwear for today.


Looking towards Beinn Bhan, lots of water in the foreground.

The Alt Ghairbhe in full flow. Any rivers will be very difficult to cross if not impassable today and tomorrow.

Looking into Coire an Laoigh. The thin snow cover from yesterday is just visible if you look closely. This is melting rapidly in the thaw conditions.

A view across Loch Clair to Sgurr Dubh during a brief clearing.

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