Post thaw conditions

8th March 2020

The thaw continued right the way through the night with the freezing level only lowering to 800 metres during daylight hours. A significant amount of snow has disappeared at lower altitudes and from some aspects – mostly South and West – but North and East aspects are still holding a good amount. It was still quite heavy snow this morning and wasn’t refrozen at 900 metres. However the freezing level will be at around 650 metres overnight so by Monday morning surface layers are going to be refrozen and icy. Staying quite unsettled with a fluctuating freezing level and quite strong winds….

The effect of the overnight thaw was apparent by the amount of water in the Dee this morning.

A tale of two aspects: Easterlies holding snow, rather thin on the Westerly aspects.

Ski tourers at the top of Coire Fionn; justing finishing the climb onto Glas Maol.

Kenny from Braemar MRT under a fairly large wind feature in Coire Fionn.

Ski tourers taking advantage of a closed piste to skin uphill onto Glas Maol on prepared snow

Older cornice debris in Coire Fionn – some fairly large chunks in there…

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