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.)
Forecast last updated on Saturday 20th December 2014 at 12:08pm
Summary for all mountain areas
Severe upland gales widely after dawn, although slowly from west the wind will ease. Snow showers, mainly western mountains (and Cairngorms in morning) although on lower slopes, particularly S Scotland southwards, rain.
Headline for The Northwest Highlands
Severe upland gales easing. Snow showers.
How windy? (On the Munros)
West or northwesterly 55 to 65mph morning, easing slowly from west to 35-40mph afternoon, perhaps lower Skye by dusk.
Effect of wind on you?
Walking very difficult from lower slopes up most of the day, though some easing. Severe wind chill.
Snow showers; mainly morning. Small risk lightning morning.
Showers, of snow above about 500m, and hail, most frequent morning when isolated lightning. Through the day, showers becoming increasingly scattered and brief.
Cloud on the hills?
Varied base, rarely clearing higher tops
Cloud base varying quickly: rarely below 600m, and intermittently clearing above 1000m
Chance of cloud free Munros?
Sunshine and air clarity?
Bursts of sunshine, before high level cloud thickens from the west. The air very clear, but visibility temporarily appalling near showers.
How Cold? (at 900m)
-1C. Will feel as cold as minus 18 Celsius directly in the wind in morning.
All mountain areas of Britain from Sunday 21st December 2014
The outlook for the Christmas period is complicated (to say the least). Over the last few days model forecasts have shown a significant bias toward cold conditions (very low freezing level) after Christmas. The timing and longevity of this is very uncertain: A significant minority of model forecasts suggest several very cold days toward New Year, whilst others bring milder conditions back in, at least intermittently. Until then frequent upland gales, rain, or in Scotland intermittently snow falling to lower slopes.