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 13th February 2016
Forecast last updated on Saturday 13th February 2016 at 7:18am

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Summary for all mountain areas

For most areas, terrain frozen and a few snow showers or flurries. But remnants of a front will bring a narrow band of snow to areas near Central Scotland - tending to drift south into the Borders through the day. Windy Scottish Highlands, except far north.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Snow and hail showers. Very clear air.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Easterly, 25mph north of Assynt to 35mph south from about Kintail and on Skye.

Effect of wind on you?

Fairly small north, but will result in widespread buffeting and significant wind chill south from Wester Ross.

How Wet?

Snow showers - few if any western mountains south of Assynt

Occasional snow and hail showers Sutherland and Ben Wyvis. Elsewhere, few, if any flurries.

Cloud on the hills?

Confined to higher tops; often clearing

Most western tops cloud free all or almost all day. But elsewhere, cloud will come and go across higher tops, base rarely below 800 and often confined above 1000m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Bright sun, extensive western areas. Excellent or superb visibility.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-5C. Will feel as cold as minus 18 Celsius directly in the wind.

Freezing Level

Terrain widely frozen; only partial thawing lower sunlit slopes up to about 400m.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Sunday 14th February 2016

Cold conditions will persist until the middle of next week, when slowly higher temperatures will percolate inland from the west. Snow showers on Sunday will ease to flurries from the west on Monday, but overall extensively dry. Winds light or fairly light on the hills before upland gales edge inland to the Scottish Highlands on Tuesday. Snow will follow late Tuesday into W & NW Scotland, and reach England & Wales on Wednesday.

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