Significant snow loss

6th March 2008

Despite the fact that it has been a mainly dry day there has still been a significant loss of snow. With temperatures around 4 degrees centigrade at 900 metres it felt very mild on the hill today. The surface layers of the recent accumulations are becoming saturated and are unstable on steeper ground. The icy conditions underfoot that have been a feature of the past few days are disappearing rapidly and the buttresses are turning black.

It’s not all doom and gloom though because it is due to turn colder tonight – lowering to 600 metres by tomorrow. There will be some snow showers on 50 mph SW winds so fresh accumulations will start to form. The old snow will start to refreeze improving the climbing conditions.
Sam

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