Temperature Blips

3rd February 2023

After a mild and wet day yesterday, things became a bit cooler overnight. Around 11pm last night summit temperatures dropped below freezing and remained so for about 11 hours until about 10am this morning. At higher levels the snowpack was initially very hard and icy with a fair bit of water ice about. It then softened slight during the day in the milder conditions.  The reverse of this is expected tomorrow with the snowpack starting off wet and relatively soft, and then freezing up as the day progresses.

The Aonach Mor summit temperature over the last 24 hours or so. There were some quite abrupt changes from mild yesterday to cool overnight, and then back to mild again this morning.

The top of the summit tow on Aonach Mor. Hard snow and water ice covering the ground. 

A picture that sums up the snowpack 1200 metres at the moment; bare ground, patches of ice and (in the background) areas of hard neve. With another thaw and freeze cycle forecast over the weekend  although there might be a little fresh snow in general not much is expected to change. 

Some cornices remain above Coire an Lochan.

A couple of pictures from the Ben. Not the best day for views, but looking up towards the Minus Face and Observatory Ridge.

Observatory Gully disappearing up into the gloom.

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