Waterlogged 2!

16th January 2021

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It was a wet day in Lochaber today. Visibility was poor. Overnight snow turned to rain at most levels as the freezing level rose up to about 1300 metres around midday. During the afternoon it turned colder, with showers turning back to snow.  Although avalanches could have occurred at higher levels throughout the period, they would have been most likely during the morning as the snow turned to rain, and the snowpack became wet. Mild and wet weather often causes a period of instability, last Monday being an example of this.  With fresh snow and poor visibility forecast at higher levels over the next few days however, I suspect the opportunities to see what avalanche activity has occurred today will be limited.

The view through the car window when parked up this morning. It was not overly inviting outside. 

Plenty of waterlogged snow such as here just above the CIC hut on Ben Nevis.

The view from just above the CIC hut. The Douglas boulder on the left. 

Looking up at the cliffs of the Douglas Boulder. Ice and rock fall from the crags can be hazard in mild and wet conditions. 

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