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 23rd November 2017
Forecast last updated on Thursday 23rd November 2017 at 7:24am

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Summary for all mountain areas

Cold air advances back southwards. A complex area of low pressure NE of Scotland brings areas of frequent or constant snow to the Highlands, although should tend to fade in central areas. Clusters of snow and hail showers for England & Wales, where upland winds up to storm force.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Blustery, cold; areas of persistent snow to low levels.

How windy? (On the Munros)

North backing northwesterly; some variation in speed through the day: occasionally 30 or 35mph, but often nearer 25mph.

Effect of wind on you?

At first may be fairly small, but risk of considerable buffeting and wind chill developing on higher areas.

How Wet?

Areas of persistent snow, frostily easing to showers

A zone of persistent snow from overnight may last well into the morning, especially northern Cairngorms and Deeside. By midday will have ease to mostly showers, most frequent N Cairngorms and Lochnagar areas.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive, particularly morning

Cloud will shroud the hills widely in fog morning, with patches below 600m. However, by afternoon, most cloud will lift above 750m and especially S.Cairngorms NP may be mostly above 1050m. But on N.Cairngorms and Lochnagar, may remain fairly extensive above 750m all day.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

10% morning; 30% afternoon.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Bursts of bright sunshine mainly eastern and southern Cairngorms NP Visibility becoming excellent - but suddenly poor in precipitation.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-2C dropping through day to -4C. Where exposed, will feel as cold as minus -17C.

Freezing Level

Near or below freezing from just above glens upward.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Friday 24th November 2017

Frequently cold due to predominance of northerly winds until the end of the month, and perhaps into December. Snow will accumulate extensively in N and NE Scotland, less so elsewhere in Scotland. Nevertheless, only lowest slopes will see mostly rain, and periods of thaw up to highest summits will be rare. Over England and Wales, intermittent precipitation, often of snow on highest tops.

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