A wild day

27th March 2024

There were strong and gusty Easterly winds today with quite a lot of snow blowing about. Some of this was fresh snow and some was the redistribution of the existing snow and at times it was difficult to tell. Poor visibility didn’t help and a temperature of around -5 degrees Celsius on Aonach Mor summit this morning made conditions feel very wintery.

Conditions improved in the afternoon as the temperature slowly rose, the wind eased and the sun made an appearance. Accumulations of poorly bonded windslab were building, much of it on bare ground with a greater avalanche hazard where it overlies the older snowpack. See the avalanche report for more details.

Photos below taken at lower levels on Aonach Mor.

Snow fell to low low levels early this morning. This photo was taken at around 350 metres.


Fresh windslab deposited in the lee of a tuft of vegetation at 700 metres. The wind was blowing from left to right here.


Cracking in a deeper drift at 800 metres indicating instability.


A photo from the Nevis Range webcam showing brighter conditions in the late afternoon.

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