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 Sunday 1st March 2015
Forecast last updated on Saturday 28th February 2015 at 1:57pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Widespread upland gales or severe gales. Almost constant snow for western Scottish mountains. Showers elsewhere, small risk lightning. For Wales, risk a band of sleet and snow for several hours.

Headline for West Highlands

Severe upland gales. Frequent snow; small risk lightning

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly 50 to 65mph, gusts locally 75mph at first. Easing only very slowly through the day toward 40-45mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Difficult walking conditions and severe wind chill from lower slopes up; any mobility arduous on higher terrain.

How Wet?

Frequent snow

Almost constant precipitation, particularly western mountains, widely falling as sleet, snow or hail to low levels, giving whiteout, small risk thunder. Toward Loch Lomond NP & Arran precipitation less frequent.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive across the hills

Cloud across the mountains most of the day, at times forming from lower slopes up, particularly coastal mountains. Later on, and especially Loch Lomond NP south, breaks to higher areas.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

20%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Little if any sun. Appalling or near zero visibility in snow and cloud; occasionally very good below cloud.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-4C

Freezing Level

550m

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Monday 2nd March 2015

Continued cold and windy conditions early in the week: frequent upland gales and considerable precipitation focussed western mountains, particularly the W & NW Highlands. Snow will fall to lower slopes Tuesday & 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 westerly flow, with frequent precipitation and periods of upland gales into the weekend and perhaps beyond.

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