West Highlands Forecast

Western Highlands accessible from, and south of, Glenfinnan (Road to the Isles) and Glen Spean (includes Creag Meagaidh). This area include Ben Nevis and the mountains around Glencoe. In the east, includes Ben Alder south to Loch Lomond and Trossachs NP. Includes Arran and Mull.

Viewing Weather Forecast for Friday 30th January 2015
Forecast last updated on Thursday 29th January 2015 at 12:29pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Upland gales or near gales. Snow showers will continue, primarily on mountains with the sea to the north, where snow will be frequent. However, very few showers will extend down the spine of Britain, from the southern highlands southwards.

Headline for West Highlands

Upland gales; snow showers, mostly toward coast.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly, typically 40mph, gusts up to 60mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Considerable buffeting and severe wind chill across the hills.

How Wet?

Snow intermittently, mainly west

Snow showers, particularly close to and west of Loch Linnhe and on Mull, where sometimes frequent and heavy. Inland, showers progressively fewer from north to south - mostly only flurries Loch Lomond NP.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive, particularly coastal areas

Cloud base will vary; the cloud most extensive Mull and near/west of Loch Linnhe, where breaks toward higher tops, but often forming above 600 to 800m. Elsewhere, higher bases progressively southwards, and in Loch Lomond NP, often clearing.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

20% northwest to 60% Loch Lomond NP

Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional sun, particularly central highlands and Loch Lomond NP. Visibility often excellent; but appalling, perhaps near zero where in snow and cloud.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-3C; but will feel as cold as minus 18C directly in the wind.

Freezing Level

550m coastal areas, 400m or lower well inland.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 31st January 2015

Cold throughout the coming week. Snow showers, focussed on mountain areas with the sea to the north will continue into next week, but over next week as a whole, there will be substantial fine conditions. Upland winds, still gale force intermittently into next week will then ease. Most terrain will remain frozen most or all next week, but otherwise, weather conditions will become fairly benign.

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