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The West Highlands
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Viewing forecast for Monday, 28th January, 2013
Forecast last reviewed on Friday, 13/12/13 at 14:48
Headline, The West Highlands
Deteriorating: Storm force upland winds/persistent snow developing.
Southwest backing southerly, strengthening from around 70mph through the day toward 70 to perhaps 100mph in gusts in the afternoon.
Effect Of Wind?
Difficult walking/skiing across the hills all day, and later even at low level, any mobility could well become very difficult. Severe wind chill.
Snow setting in
Squally showers, merging to give constant widely heavy rain, or for a while snow (giving whiteout) above 400m. Later in the afternoon, may well fall as rain up to 1000m. Least precipitation near and north of Glen Spean.
Cloud on the hills?
Extensive, base dropping
Cloud extensively shrouding the hills, base varying but dropping during the day. Widely 450m or lower by afternoon, about broadly north across Lochaber the base will lift, with breaks to 1000m, near and north of Glen Spean.
Chance of cloud free Munros?
Sunshine and air clarity?
Glimpses of sunshine at first central Highlands Visibility very good lower levels morning, but reducing to near zero where in snow and cloud.
How Cold? (at 900m)
-3C rising to 1C by dusk. Due to wind chill, will feel as cold as minus 16C directly in the wind.
550m rising to 1000m by dusk.
Planning Outlook for all mountain areas from Sunday, 15th December, 2013
Very likely stormy across all mountain areas well into, or throughout the Christmas and New Year period. Almost constant upland gales, and at times storm force winds. Frequent precipitation, giving very considerable accumulation western mountains. Freeze thaw cycles - the cold episodes most prevalent Scottish Highlands. Over Christmas, possibly one or two periods of a day or so of less windy weather, with clusters of snow showers interspersed by dry areas.