19th March 2024

Today was mainly dry and cloudy, with showers and brighter periods. Winds were moderate to fresh from South-Westerly directions. The freezing level dropped just below the highest summits late in the morning. During the showers, with descending cloud bases, visibility became very poor with whole buttress’s and ridges vanishing from view, and closer in the gullies and crags feeling damp, gloomy and uninviting.

The remaining snowpack, especially at lower elevations has continued to thaw and diminish, another vanishing act, combining with the overnight rain into the swollen Allt a Mhuilinn. A residual firmer base is becoming increasingly exposed as softer snow diminishes more rapidly. Deepest accumulations remain in steep North to East aspects above 900 metres, around coire rims, head walls, gullies and crag aprons.

Wednesday is looking dry with slightly lower freezing levels, though more rain and strong winds are expected Thursday.


Descending cloud bases during showers, but with brighter spells as well.


Carn Dearg Buttress and Castle Ridge during a brighter spell.


A gloomy Observatory Gully with a residual firmer base being exposed as softer snow diminishes.


Avalanche debris from the recent past, Observatory Gully.


Clearer views during the brighter spells.

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