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 Monday 2nd March 2015
Forecast last updated on Monday 2nd March 2015 at 7:22am

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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 West Highlands

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

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly 40 to 55mph, although post dawn a temporary lull northern Lochaber northwards. Squally gusts during showers.

Effect of wind on you?

Considerable buffeting on higher areas, at times mobility arduous, especially near showers. Severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Frequent snow and hail; risk lightning

Heavy snow and hail showers, sometimes heavy and one after another, 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% well inland.

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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