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Friday, 28 December 2007

A frost, fresh snow then strong winds and warmer

Again the weather reports got it wrong with several cm's of fresh snow and black ice this morning made driving on some of the back roads treacherous. Unfortunately the ski area hadn't caught as much snow but a least looked a bit whiter. It seemed calm in the Coire Cas carpark but on the navigation hike up onto the Cairngorm plateau the wind speed increased considerably (gusting in excess of 70mph) throwing us about and making progress almost impossible at times. We persevered following the lee slopes and an hour behind schedule reached our destination. We had the place to ourselves! It was completely calm in the sheltered hollow with masses of old and fresh virgin snow for teaching avalanche assessment, dealing with cornices and digging emergency snow shelters. There was some sluffing of the fresh snow due to the rapid rise in temperature this afternoon however the colder temperatures tomorrow should firm any wet snow up. More snow is forecast. Who says there's no snow in Scotland you just need to know where to look...!
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