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The West Highlands
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Viewing forecast for Wednesday, 5th December, 2012
Forecast last reviewed on Tuesday, 10/12/13 at 13:33
Headline, The West Highlands
Wind easing. Brief snow showers west.
Northerly; 25 to 35mph after dawn, lightest west coastal hills. Will gradually ease to 10 to 20mph from the west.
Effect Of Wind?
Snow and hail showers northwest
Occasional brief snow and hail showers west of Loch Linnhe and Oban; will give brief blizzards. Substantially or completely dry elsewhere, particularly Central Highlands and Loch Lomond NP.
Cloud on the hills?
Intermittently shrouding higher areas
Cloud base will vary; on coastal hills, intermittently below 700m, and fleeting breaks to higher summits. Well inland, cloud rare below 900m, or toward south 1100m and intermittently, perhaps often breaking off higher summits.
Chance of cloud free Munros?
30% west to 70% elsewhere
Sunshine and air clarity?
Bursts of bright sunshine, mostly well inland. Often sunny Loch Lomond NP and central Highlands. The air very clear indeed, but visibility temporarily very poor in snow and cloud.
How Cold? (at 900m)
-3 or -4C
Terrain widely frozen from glens upward, with only partial thawing in the sun and also on lower coastal slopes.
Planning Outlook for all mountain areas from Thursday, 12th December, 2013
The present dry conditions will progressively give way from the northwest later this week, as fronts come in off the Atlantic. Remaining windy, particularly Scottish Highlands. Next week, lengthy upland gales, sometimes storm force, particularly across Scotland. Often wet, particularly western mountains. Freeze thaw cycles, mainly Scottish Highlands.