A Return to Winter.

10th March 2021

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There was a little return to winter today. The temperature dropped to below minus four degrees celsius on the summits this morning, and this has frozen the previously wet snowpack. The snowpack is as hard and icy as I have seen it this seasons, and crampons were required for walking up the Goose Gully.  There was a little dusting of fresh snow, but accumulations were very shallow and patchy. However, it looks like all change again over the next 24 hours with some mild conditions overnight followed by another cold day tomorrow.

Looking up the Goose ski run this morning. If you look carefully you can just make out the difference in tone between the hard neve and the very shallow patches of fresh snow.

Poor visibility at the top of Coire an Lochan. However, some cornices do remain.

The top of Easy Gully.

Plumes of snow being blown up from Coire Dubh. Despite the amount in the air there was actually very little soft snow lying, and most of what can be seen blowing about was dissipating back into the atmosphere rather than settling anywhere.

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