Staying cold…

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.

Small windslab release on SSE aspect at 970m

 

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!

 

Thin covering of snow below 800m

Comments on this post

Got something to say? Leave a comment

    Latest SAIS Avalanche Reports
    Archives
    Categories
    RSS Feed
    Keep up to date by subscribing to our RSS feed
Service funded by sportscotland
Forecast data supplied by the Met Office
SAIS Sponsors