Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines Forecast

The entire Yorkshire Dales National Park and North Pennines AONB, including the Three Peaks and Cross Fell, also south to Forest of Bowland and Ilkley Moor.

Viewing Weather Forecast for Saturday 14th December 2019
Forecast last updated on Friday 13th December 2019 at 3:50pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

A complex area of low pressure to the north and west of Scotland brings a risk of snow setting in for periods for the W/NW Highlands. Smaller amounts of snow toward east. Frequent snow also for western hills of England & Wales. Widespread upland gales and severe wind chill, expect perhaps N Scotland.

Headline for Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines

Upland gales; snow and whiteout may set in locally.

How windy? (On the summits)

West to southwesterly, 40 to 55mph throughout the day.

Effect of wind on you?

Arduous or at times difficult conditions with blowing snow and severe wind chill across higher terrain.

How Wet? (Precipitation and its impact)

Risk persistent snow, focused on Yorks Dales NP.

Areas of snow spreading from the west, risk becoming frequent, perhaps setting in for a few hours, giving whiteout across the fells. Heavy at times with chance of hail. May be smaller amounts N Pennines. Sleet only lowest slopes.

Cloud on the hills?

Fairly extensive across hills

Banks of cloud across higher slopes, at times forming to lower levels, mainly western areas during snow.

Chance of cloud free summits?


Air clarity (below cloud)

Limited if any sun. Visibility appalling in snow and low cloud, but at times very good eastern Pennines.

How Cold? (at 700m)

-2C. In strongest wind on highest tops, wind chill feeling close to -20C.

And in the valleys

Max 2 or 3C valleys. Much upland terrain frozen, at least above 400m with snow cover.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Sunday 15th December 2019

Staying cold through into early next week. Most mountain terrain frozen, to lower slopes in Scotland. Some substantial snowfalls, with snow lying from many lower slopes up away from immediate coasts. Most precipitation focused on western mountains. Winds very varied, sometimes gale force, but also some lulls. Quieter conditions briefly early next week. A gradual but complex rise of freezing level from the south through midweek, although Scottish mountains may well stay substantially frozen. Rain preceded by snow extending in from the southwest.

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