Windy…

8th April 2021

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Strong winds today with some serious gusts blowing through. The freezing level rose to around 1100 metres so most of the light and occasional precipitation fell as rain. The surface layers of the recent soft snow were damp and will become very firm and icy as the freezing level drops to around 250 metres tonight. Just a few centimetres of new snow expected but some limited drifting will occur in the strong winds. Poor day for photography, partially due to the low cloud and poor light but mostly due to the fact that you had to hide behind something solid to avoid being flattened by the wind.

Softer accumulations only present in wind sheltered locations – here the snow fence did its job.

 

Little snow left below 900m. Carn nan Sac (920m) from The Cairnwell (933m). Carn a’Gheoidh (975m) disappearing into the cloud behind.

 

Low cloud giving poor visibility and very strong winds making for difficult mountain conditions.

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