Blue Sky Day…

2nd February 2019

We’ve had a bit more snow than expected in the past 24 hours with fairly strong winds overnight. Depth seems to be variable even over relatively small distances with deeper snow noted on Balmoral Estate to Braemar – up to 20cm straight fall depth at 300m. It was a beautiful day with blue skies and sunshine – a fresh NW wind giving significant wind chill at altitude. The snow cover is varied from a few centimetres in exposed locations to well over knee deep drifts in sheltered ones (Easily 1.8m depth on a South facing aspect at 900m). The snow is very light, cold and dry giving great skiing where there is a base but many areas still have very thin cover…. The strong winds overnight have created wind lips and cornices (these aren’t supporting body weight!) – so care needs to be taken with route choice at the moment. Doesn’t look like such a stunning day tomorrow with light snow forecast through most of the daylight hours on fresh winds – so drifting of deposits will occur.

15cm of new snow on the Brunel Bridge at Crathie this morning

Beautiful wind sculptured snow

View from Meall Odhar across to Carn an Tuirc and Cairn of Claise.

Very obvious weak layer with buried surface hoar sitting on a thin melt/freeze layer

Cornice debris on a South facing aspect, deliberately triggered

Fraser’s Bridge in Glen Clunie

Skiers enjoying the fresh snow at Glenshee Ski Centre

Comments on this post

  • Lenny Cowieson
    2nd February 2019 7:58 pm

    Beautiful photography , the colours are stunning !

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