Mild & Cloudy

5th April 2023

A day of very low cloud – around 500 metres at times, thick with very poor visibility at 600 metres. Mainly dry but light drizzle when in the cloud. Very mild conditions with +4.4 degrees Centigrade at 930 metres at midday. Surface layers of the snow were soft and thawing but the lower layers tend to be firm and well consolidated. Cover is very patchy and the majority of the 1000 metre mountains tend to only hold small areas of snow. The high mountains with summits over 1100 metres have larger areas, especially on steeper, wind sheltered slopes with a North to East aspect. A few small cornices remain on these aspects above 1100 metres.

Most of the forecast area will be dry tomorrow but there is the potential for light snowfall on the highest mountains along the northern boundary where this area meets the North Cairngorms forecast area. Surface layers of the snow will start to firm up again as well.

A ridge of high pressure has been forecast for Friday and Saturday bringing predominantly dry weather – Enjoy!

Not a hope of getting a mountain shot today – It was like walking around the inside of a ping-pong ball….

Summit of a mostly snow-free Carn an Tuirc (1019m) disappearing into the cloud.

Cloud base down as low as 500m at times today.

Steady water levels in the Allt Coire Fionn. Majority of snow melt has already occurred.

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