Winter Wonderland

8th February 2024

Cold and dry today with a cosmetic covering of snow at all elevations, providing a stunning winter landscape. Pockets of  moderately bonded windslab are present on steep North through East to South-East aspects mainly above 900m. This snow was starting to re-distribute onto Westerly aspects from mid-morning onwards. Any exposed remnants of old snow were very firm and icy.

Photo taken from the A835 looking SW across to Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich in the background.  A stunning winter landscape, but the snow is mainly very superficial and overlays bare frozen ground.

Looking West into the Fisherfield from 700m on the Druim Reidh Ridge. Again, the snow cover here was superficial. Loose, cold, dry snow overlaying bare frozen ground.

Propagation (cracking) underfoot at an altitude of around 800m on an Easterly aspect.  This looks quite serious, but build up of this windslab snow was only present in small areas and easily avoidable.  As the Easterly winds picked up, the windslab started to re-distribute onto the other side of the ridge onto a Westerly aspect.

Looking up towards the summit of Toman Coinnich 935m.  The re-distribution of snow is obvious being transported left to right in this photo. (Easterly to Westerly aspect).  Very little snow is forecast over the next 24 hours, so accumulations on Westerly aspects are expected to be minimal and easily avoidable.

Looking across to Sgurr nan Clach Geala.


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