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 Thursday 29th January 2015
Forecast last updated on Thursday 29th January 2015 at 12:29pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Widespread upland gales and snow. Most snow will fall on western mountains where there will be lengthy whiteout as showers follow one after another. Fewest showers easternmost mountains in Scotland and across east and south Wales.

Headline for West Highlands

Windy. Frequent snow.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly in the range 25 to occasionally 40mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Widespread buffeting for periods on higher areas. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Frequent snow; risk lightning

Clusters of heavy, squally snow and hail showers, perhaps merging into several hours of near constant snow, giving whiteout and risk thunder. Least precipitation central highlands and eastern Loch Lomond NP.

Cloud on the hills?

Often covering higher areas

Cloud base changing quickly: rare glimpses of higher tops most likely central highlands and eastern Loch Lomond NP. But extensive cloud below 600m near precipitation.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Rare bursts of sun. Visibility sometimes excellent, but frequently appalling or near zero where in snow and cloud.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-6C at dawn; tending to rise toward -4C from northwest. Will feel as cold as minus 20C directly in the wind.

Freezing Level

Close to or below freezing from glen level up, particularly away from west coast, post dawn. Will slowly rise toward 400m, or a little higher coastal slopes.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Friday 30th January 2015

Frequent upland gales and on most mountain areas snow through until the end of the weekend. On Sunday most snow will become confined to N Scotland and N Wales. Next week, relatively little precipitation, and later in the week from the northwest, freezing levels will rise slowly. Nevertheless, it may well be late in the week before there is significant thaw.

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