Cold, clear and relatively calm…

1st March 2024

A cold, clear and relatively calm day in the Southern Cairngorms. Snow cover is fairly limited, and very firm in most locations. A light covering of overnight snow was present in many areas, with some localised windslab development in high northerly facing coires. This was very soft windslab which will start to be redistributed tomorrow in the cold temperatures.

Tomorrow will feel quite wintery, with fresh to moderate winds, and some snowfall overnight due to a complex low pressure system. Localised windslab development will occur on South-East to South-West aspects above 900 metres, only demonstrating instability where it overlies the existing old firm snowpack. Correspondingly, the big bowls of Coire nan Clach, Coire an Dubh Lochain, and Coire Sputan Dearg are likely to see the lions share of windslab build up around the coire rims, and multi aspect gully tops which are characteristic of the northern periphery of the Southern Cairngorms area.

Beinn Bhrotain (centre), Cairn Toul visible on the far right. The ski lifts on Carn Aosda in the foreground.


Corgarff Castle from the A939 near Hill of Allargue.


The distinctive granite tors of Ben Avon. There most conspicuous is most likely Clach Choutsaich.


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