Wind and Snow, even some Sun!

15th January 2023

It was a cold day with strong North-Westerly winds and some very welcome sunshine. The overnight snow showers brought more snow than expected and closed the snow gates on the A93 till around 9am.

There was a lot of snow moving about in the strong winds, which has started to erode away the existing accumulations producing some impressive Sastrugi. Not the easiest stuff to ski over but very aesthetic to look at.

Cornices and windslab has built up on the steep leeward slopes and some cornice debris and avalanches triggered by unstable cornices was noted on East and South-East aspects.

The forecast is for a few light snow showers which will dry out overnight, with the winds remain from the North-West. Further wind transportation of snow will continue to build fragile cornice and windslab on leeward aspects from North-East to South above 850 metres.

Didn’t see any wildlife today, but there were lots of skiers and snowboarders enjoying the pistes at the Glenshee Ski area.


Wind transportation, always quite hard to capture in a photo but there was a lot of snow moving about today.

Looking South from Carn a Gheoidh towards Carn More

Rapidly developing cornices and accumulations of windslab on the Creag a’Choire Dhirich ridge from Carn nan Sac. Cornice debris could be seen lower on the slopes.


Looking at the West aspects of Carn an Tuirc.

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