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 Monday 2nd March 2015
Forecast last updated on Sunday 1st March 2015 at 1:49pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Widespread upland gales or severe gales and considerable wind chill. Frequent showers or near constant precipitation on western mountains, falling as snow and hail to lowest levels. Whiteout. Risk lightning.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Upland gales. Snow & hail showers; isolated lightning.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly 35 to 50mph, likely strongest after midday. Squally gusts during showers.

Effect of wind on you?

Considerable buffeting on higher areas, especially near showers. Severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Snow and hail; small risk lightning

Snow and hail showers, most frequent and heavy west of A9; fewest Deeside, particularly morning. Risk occasional whiteout and small risk thunder.

Cloud on the hills?

Often shrouding higher tops

Shafts of cloud below 700m near precipitation, and otherwise broken cloud above 900 to 1200m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Bright sunshine intermittently, most widely eastern Cairngorms NP. The air very clear - but suddenly appalling visibility in snow.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-5C; feeling colder than minus 20 Celsius where directly exposed to wind.

Freezing Level

More or less glen level; partial melting of snow only lowest mainly sunlit slopes.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Continued cold and windy conditions during midweek: frequent upland gales and showers of snow and hail, falling to lower slopes Tuesday & Wednesday. Whiteout; risk lightning. Showers begin to ease through Wednesday. From Thursday on, less cold overall, with cycles of freeze and thaw. Whilst high pressure tries to build across southern Britain, most of the mountain regions may remain in a strong west to south-westerly flow, with frequent precipitation and periods of upland gales into the weekend and perhaps beyond.

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