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 30th March 2015
Forecast last updated on Sunday 29th March 2015 at 8:28pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Widespread upland gales, briefly easing a little. With the likely exception of northern Scotland, rapidly deteriorating - becoming stormy by mid or late afternoon onward; heavy snow setting in, but turning to rain from Southern Uplands southwards.

Headline for West Highlands

Upland gales, risk storm force afternoon south. Heavy snow setting in.

How windy? (On the Munros)

West backing southerly. Speeds changing, near 50mph at dawn, easing toward 30mph for a few hours during middle of day, but rapidly increasing by mid-late afternoon toward 50 to 70mph, strongest south; risk gusts 80-90mph Loch Lomond NP & Arran.

Effect of wind on you?

Expect very difficult conditions, particularly afternoon toward the central belt and Arran, when any mobility difficult and wind chill severe where exposed.

How Wet?

Frequent snow - setting in afternoon

Snow and hail showers will merge into constant, widely heavy snow, giving whiteout from middle of the day (a little later northern Lochaber/Creag Meadaidh). The snow will turn to rain only on lowest slopes until evening, and will be least heavy north of Glen Spean.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive all day

Brief breaks to higher summits mainly well inland morning, but generally mountains covered, and where snow becomes persistent, base will drop to 300 to 600m widely - lowest west.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Almost nil west; 10% inland

Sunshine and air clarity?

Little if any sunshine. Often hazy and in snow and cloud appalling or near zero visibility.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-3C. Feeling as cold as minus 18C directly in the wind.

Freezing Level

500m. Will rise (temporarily) from southwest toward dusk.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Tuesday 31st March 2015

Expect cold and showery weather for all mountain regions during both Tuesday and Wednesday, precipitation most frequent over western mountains, snow falling to lower slopes, with freezing level typically 500 to 700m, highest Wales. Widespread upland gales will also continue until mid-week. There is now moderate confidence of much 'quieter' weather as pressure builds over Easter. It may remain cold, but substantially dry and winds frequently light.

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