After the Flood

6th February 2024

A significant change in the weather today. After yesterday’s  mild and epically wet conditions, it was a cool and relatively dry day today. The existing snowpack has unsurprisingly taken a bit of a hit in the mild wet conditions and what is left is very hard and icy. There was a dusting of fresh snow around, but nothing significant. Looks like more of the same tomorrow.

There is still a fair bit of water about from yesterday, and the ground tends to be wet and soft at all but the highest levels. However, it is quite cold, and there is some ice forming where it get the chance such as these plants.

The summit plateau, is quite icy with a few patches of older firmer snow.

A lone walker gingerly crosses some icy patches

The view into Coire an Lochan. There is still reasonable cover in high North and East facing Coires such as this one.

The North-East face of Aonach Beag. Some ice and neve seems to have survived the thaw. Thanks to Ali Rose for the photo.

Comments on this post

  • Shaun
    6th February 2024 5:13 pm

    I tried to go up north castle gully today. Had to turn back because the snow is so bad. I had a thoroughly miserable day. I think that big sloping rock was supposed to have ice on it. I don’t know where it’s all gone. Is this normal for February?

    • lochaberadmin
      7th February 2024 2:22 pm

      Yeah, cover not great at that level on the mountain at the moment. Although not unprecedented, most years there will be a fair bit more snow about by this point in the season.

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