West Highlands Forecast

Western Highlands accessible from, and south of, Glenfinnan (Road to the Isles) and Glen Spean (includes Creag Meagaidh). This area include Ben Nevis and the mountains around Glencoe. In the east, includes Ben Alder south to Loch Lomond and Trossachs NP. Includes Arran and Mull.

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

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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 West Highlands

Snow and hail showers, most frequent west. Risk thunder.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly 20 to 30mph; gusty during showers.

Effect of wind on you?

Likely to impede ease of walking on higher areas. Significant wind chill where exposed.

How Wet?

Frequent snow and hail; isolated lightning

Heavy snow and hail showers, sometimes frequent, especially western mountains; will give periods of appalling visibility. Isolated thunder.

Cloud on the hills?

Rarely clearing higher areas

Cloud base changing quickly. Shafts of cloud on lower slopes near showers, and frequently shrouding higher slopes - although glimpses of higher tops.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Glimpses of sun, mainly well inland. Below cloud, the air very clear, although visibility suddenly appalling in snow.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level

300-400m, highest near coast; terrain widely frozen from low levels up inland.

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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