Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath Forecast

Cairngorms National Park and Monadhliath. Also includes the Ben Alder area hills between Loch Ericht and Loch Laggan.

Viewing Weather Forecast for Thursday 18th January 2018
Forecast last updated on Wednesday 17th January 2018 at 2:20pm

Today | Friday | Saturday

Summary for all mountain areas

A deep low will clear quickly eastwards in the morning - early storm force winds in England & Wales will ease. Then another day of cold westerly winds bringing snow or hail showers frequently to western mountains. Isolated thunder. Driest and brightest in eastern Scotland.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Snow and hail showers, mainly west of A9. Often dry east.

How windy? (On the Munros)

West to northwesterly 20 to 25mph.

Effect of wind on you?

May impede ease of walking on higher tops. Significant wind chill where exposed.

How Wet?

Snow and hail showers, mostly west

Snow and hail showers, perhaps frequent over an hour or two, particularly west of the A9. Some areas toward eastern Cairngorms NP may see few if any showers.

Cloud on the hills?

Breaks to some tops

Cloud base changing quickly. Occasionally cloud below 600m near showers, but frequently confined above 1050m. Glimpses of higher tops, most likely eastern Cairngorms NP.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

60%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional bursts of sun. Below cloud, the air very clear, although visibility suddenly appalling in snow.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-5C

Freezing Level

Terrain widely frozen from low levels up.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Friday 19th January 2018

Cold westerly winds will bring further clusters of snow or hail showers into western regions for the rest of the week. Fewer showers by Saturday as winds ease and pressure builds. However, a front which moves in from the south-west later Saturday into Sunday brings a risk of persistent snow in some areas, which may transition widely to rain as temperatures lift. A chance that across much of the Scottish Highlands, it remains as snow much of Sunday. Into next week, expect periods of rain or snow and possible gales, with cycles of freeze and thaw, although the Scottish Munros rarely above freezing point.

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