Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath Forecast

Viewing Weather Forecast for Friday 23rd March 2018

Cairngorms National Park and Monadhliath. Also includes the Ben Alder area hills between Loch Ericht and Loch Laggan.

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Forecast last updated on Thursday 22nd March 2018 at 3:45pm

Summary for all mountain areas

A complex area of low pressure pulls away from Scotland, but leaves a legacy of snow and rain across the Highlands, breaking up into showers through the day. Locally frequent showers for northern England, but Wales should be largely dry. Winds varied, up to gale force for a few hours, focused on the Lakes/Pennines & Snowdonia in the morning.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Snow/rain may persist locally. Blustery, upland gales. Improving.

How windy? (On the Munros)

South to southwest veering abruptly northwesterly by about midday; mostly 30 to 40mph. There may be a brief lull for a couple of hours in the morning. May ease slightly toward dusk.

Effect of wind on you?

Frequent buffeting across the hills; walking often arduous on higher areas. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Snow/rain locally persistent for a few hours

Areas of snow (rain below 600m), locally persistent for several hours, likely focused on southern areas, possible whiteout. Tending to break up into showers through the day, fading in afternoon.

Cloud on the hills?

Shrouding higher areas; bases lifting

Shrouding areas above 800-1000m; most extensive west of the A9 in the morning. Cloud base lifting, with breaks forming to higher tops around Deeside by afternoon.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30% morning; 60% afternoon.

Sunshine and air clarity?

A few glimpses of sun possible by afternoon, particularly across eastern hills. Visibility becoming generally good, but suppressed during rain and especially snow.

How Cold? (at 900m)

Around 0C, but may vary a degree or two during the day, later lowering toward -2C. Feeling close to -15C where exposed to strongest wind.

Freezing Level

800 to 1000m.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 24th March 2018

A cool westerly pattern this weekend, with temperatures sub-zero above 700-800m, and overnight frost in valleys. Scattered showers, focused on western Scotland, but plenty of dry and bright weather. Cloud breaking to many high tops and visibility excellent. A chilly breeze, although winds relatively light for many areas. Changeable next week, with frontal systems approaching from the Atlantic, but then a switch to colder northerly winds from midweek and toward Easter. The freezing level dropping widely, and very cold conditions are possible on many mountains. Further accumulating snowfalls are likely, although detail is uncertain.