27th December 2017
It was bitterly cold in the NNW wind today – operating without gloves wasn’t an option!
Generally there is only a thin covering of new snow around but in some very sheltered locations more significant deposits are present – over 50cm of windslab was present on certain parts of the slope used for today’s stability tests. Stability is poor where windslab overlies hard snow-ice as the photo below shows. Not a problem in this location – but being knocked off your feet whilst exiting a steep gully would have a very different outcome given the poor run-outs at present.
We have been given a dry forecast but light snow has been forecast for the North Cairngorm area, and there is always the possibility of some of those showers pushing into our northern boundaries. It will however remain cold which is good new as there were signs today that both the vegetation and water sources were starting to refreeze. Any old snow is absolutely solid!
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