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The Northwest Highlands
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Viewing forecast for Saturday, 15th December, 2012
Forecast last reviewed on Tuesday, 10/12/13 at 13:33
Headline, The Northwest Highlands
Rain and snow slowly clearing. Terrain frozen & icy.
Widely 15mph morning, but near north coast may be easterly 45mph at dawn. From the south, will turn westerly and strengthen to around 35mph, but nearer 25 north from Assynt.
Effect Of Wind?
Mostly small before walking conditions become difficult from the south in the afternoon.
Areas of rain and snow
Areas of rain and snow will tend to clear gradually from the south, leaving just a few showers. However, precipitation may fall in northern Sutherland more or less throughout daylight. The level to which snow falls will vary, typically between 450 and 800m.
Cloud on the hills?
Extensive across the region
Cloud will shroud the mountains widely, typical base, 400 to 600m. Some breaks above 900m may develop from the south well inland.
Chance of cloud free Munros?
Less than 10%
Sunshine and air clarity?
Little or no sunshine. Visibility often poor due to precipitation and extensively foggy on the hills.
How Cold? (at 900m)
0 or 1C; little temperature rise into the glens
700 to 1050m; but terrain still frozen - and widely icy - into the glens.
Planning Outlook for all mountain areas from Thursday, 12th December, 2013
The present dry conditions will progressively give way from the northwest later this week, as fronts come in off the Atlantic. Remaining windy, particularly Scottish Highlands. Next week, lengthy upland gales, sometimes storm force, particularly across Scotland. Often wet, particularly western mountains. Freeze thaw cycles, mainly Scottish Highlands.