Calm before the Storm

17th December 2018

It was a relatively calm (only blowing 20 to 30mph on the tops) today. After a few overnight snow showers it was also generally dry, making for a pleasant day on the hill. There was even some watery sunshine for a short period in the morning. Increasing cloud and wind during the afternoon heralded the approach of the next storm system. Some distinctly sub-optimal mountain weather is expected on Tuesday.

The top of Spikes Gully today. In certain locations there is a reasonable depth of snow (it was over 2 metres deep where this picture was taken). However, snow cover is not that extensive.

The view into Coire an Lochan. 

Looking over to Carn Mor Dearg and Ben Nevis. The cloud never really cleared from the summit of the Ben through the day. 

It has been cold enough for the loch in Coire an Lochan to freeze over. The Loch sits at an altitude of about 830 metres.

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