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 Monday 2nd March 2015
Forecast last updated on Monday 2nd March 2015 at 1:54pm

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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 The Northwest Highlands

Upland gales. Near constant snow & hail; risk lightning.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly; a marked lull from dawn lasting for several hours, particularly Sutherland. But from southwest will become 40 to 50mph.

Effect of wind on you?

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

How Wet?

Frequent snow and hail; risk lightning

Heavy snow and hail showers, sometimes one after another on western mountains, giving intermittent whiteout. Risk thunder. Snow will lie into the glens, except perhaps right on the coast.

Cloud on the hills?

Often shrouding higher tops

Shafts of cloud below 600m near precipitation, and often above 900 to 1100m, highest inland. Nevertheless, breaks, sometimes fleeting to highest tops.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

20% west coast; 40% inland and east.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Bright sunshine occasionally. The air very clear - but suddenly appalling or near zero visibility in snow.

How Cold? (at 900m)

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

Freezing Level

300m; partial melting of snow only lowest 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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