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 Sunday 1st March 2015
Forecast last updated on Saturday 28th February 2015 at 1:57pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Widespread upland gales or severe gales. Almost constant snow for western Scottish mountains. Showers elsewhere, small risk lightning. For Wales, risk a band of sleet and snow for several hours.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Severe upland gales. Snow showers, mostly west.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly 55 to 65mph, gusts locally 75mph at first. Easing only very slowly through the day toward 45mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Difficult walking conditions and severe wind chill from lower slopes up; any mobility arduous on higher terrain.

How Wet?

Areas of snow

Snow at or before dawn will soon move away, although clusters of showers will follow, these sometimes may still give frequent snow, particularly west of the A9. Whiteout may well occur.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive on higher areas

Conditions may well vary considerably; in snow areas of cloud from a few hundred metres upward. But between, there could be little cloud at all on some summits.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

20% west; 60% east

Sunshine and air clarity?

Overall little sun; but one or two substantial breaks in the cloud may give bright sun by afternoon. Wide ranging visibility; at times excellent, but appalling in snow and cloud.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level


Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Monday 2nd March 2015

Continued cold and windy conditions early in the week: frequent upland gales and considerable precipitation focussed western mountains, particularly the W & NW Highlands. Snow will fall to lower slopes Tuesday & 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 westerly flow, with frequent precipitation and periods of upland gales into the weekend and perhaps beyond.

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