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 Wednesday 4th March 2015
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 3rd March 2015 at 12:38pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

As a weak ridge of high pressure approaches from the west, strong to gale force winds on the mountains will ease, and snow showers become less frequent and mostly brief. Freezing level will rise slowly during the day.

Headline for West Highlands

Wind easing. Snow showers.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northwesterly 40-50mph at dawn. Will drop markedly to 20-25mph in a lull lasting most of afternoon. Will back westerly through afternoon, and start to strengthen again toward dusk.

Effect of wind on you?

Difficult walking and severe wind chill at first. But fairly small afternoon.

How Wet?

Snow and hail showers

Snow and hail showers, fairly brief and few of them by afternoon.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly confined to higher areas

Cloud base changing quickly; dropping briefly below 600m near showers, otherwise by early afternoon mostly above 1000m, with breaks toward higher tops, particular well inland.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

20% rising to 50% afternoon

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patchwork of bright sunshine, mainly well inland middle of the day and afternoon. The air very clear, but visibility temporarily appalling in snow and cloud.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-4 rising to -2C

Freezing Level

Typically 600m; rising slowly through the day.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 5th March 2015

A change in weather pattern will bring extensive thaw to all mountain areas - although the higher Scottish Highlands will intermittently be below freezing point again early next week. Until this weekend, often strong winds, extensive low cloud focussed on western mountains, and also areas of rain and drizzle. A front may well drift slowly and erratically south across the W & NW Highlands this weekend, bringing considerable rainfall. Although there are differences between different model forecasts, next week is likely to be substantially dry, although it may be later in the week before these conditions extend to N Scotland.

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