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 Sunday 24th March 2019
Forecast last updated on Saturday 23rd March 2019 at 1:02pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Severe conditions across Scottish Highlands. Upland gales throughout the day, and frequent or at times constant snow on the mountains giving periods of whiteout, focused on the west and north. Showers extending into northern England by afternoon. Largely dry for Wales.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Upland gales. Snow showers, at times near-constant snow.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly 45 to 65mph; strongest in the morning.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking widely difficult or perhaps for a time very difficult with severe buffeting and wind chill.

How Wet? (Precipitation and its impact)

Snow showers, very frequent for a few hours; rain lower slopes.

Clusters of showers spreading from the west, snow above 600-700m, with possible hail. These merging to be very frequent over a few hours giving whiteout.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive higher areas in west.

Cloud often extensive on the hills above 700-900m; lowest bases across western coastal hills. Towards Ben Wyvis, cloud mostly confined above 900m. Local breaks away from showers.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Air clarity (below cloud)

Generally overcast, but glimpses of sun away from showers; mainly in the east. Visibility briefly good at times, but very poor where precipitation sets in; appalling in blowing snow.

How Cold? (at 900m)

0 to -2C. Where exposed to strongest wind, feeling close to -20C.

Freezing Level

700 to 900m; dropping below 500-600m into the night.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Monday 25th March 2019

The week ahead sees high pressure centred over the southern half of Britain, drifting slowly eastwards with time. Cool early in the week, with frost in valleys and glens in the mornings. Temperatures tending to lift as the week goes on, rising above freezing again up to higher tops, with a thaw recommencing. Many places will be often dry, although occasional fronts will move past the northwest of Scotland, producing low cloud and patchy rain at times here, plus periods of stronger winds.

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