The Northwest Highlands Forecast

Areas north from Knoydart in the west, and the Great Glen towards the east (NB. Does not include Mull and areas west of Loch Linnhe, these are found in the West Highlands forecast.)

Viewing Weather Forecast for Saturday 31st January 2015
Forecast last updated on Friday 30th January 2015 at 1:06pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

A very severe day on the hills, with storm force winds extensive. Precipitation will vary from heavy sustained snowfall and whiteout northern Scotland, to little if any along the spine of Britain from the southernmost highlands southwards.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Extreme conditions: storm force upland winds; whiteout.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly; substantially 55 to 75mph, gusts may approach 100mph on highest tops.

Effect of wind on you?

Very difficult walking/skiing from lower slopes up, and any mobility tortuous on higher areas. Extreme wind chill.

How Wet?

Extensive heavy snowfall; hail, risk thunder

Snow, often heavy, which together with blowing snow will give sustained whiteout. Least snow near Great Glen and possibly improving western mountains during the day.

Cloud on the hills?


Few glimpses of the summits (mostly likely only near Great Glen); but cloud extensive above 600 to 900m lowest north, and intermittently below 400-600m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Less than 10%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine unlikely. Visibility widely near zero across higher areas, particularly Torridon northwards.

How Cold? (at 900m)

Typically -4C; will tend to drop from the west during the day. Will feel as cold as minus 25 Celsius directly in the wind.

Freezing Level

200m to 500m; highest some coastal slopes in morning.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Sunday 1st February 2015

Cold throughout the coming week with snow substantially remaining in place on the mountains and most terrain remaining frozen. By Tuesday or Wednesday substantially fine with winds easing markedly, although later in the week one or two temporary deteriorations, most extensively across the Scottish Highlands as weakening fronts bring temporarily stronger winds and snow (rain lower western areas).

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