Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines

The entire Yorkshire Dales National Park and North Pennines AONB, including the Three Peaks and Cross Fell, also south to Forest of Bowland and Ilkley Moor.

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Viewing Forecast For

Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines
Saturday 29th February 2020
Last updated Saturday 29th February 2020 at 7:34 AM

Summary for all mountain areas

A complex weather situation. An early zone of rain and upland snow clears away eastwards, with cloud breaking widely. Then another area of heavy snow spreads in from the west into the afternoon. Wind speeds varied; least windy northern Scotland, but increasingly stormy across hills of England & Wales.

Headline for Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines

Becoming stormy on the fells afternoon. Threat snow setting in.

How windy? (On the summits)

Direction varied at first, soon mostly southwesterly; 30 to 45mph, perhaps brief lulls morning. Then strengthening abruptly mid afternoon to 50-70mph, strongest winds toward dusk.

Effect of the wind on you?

Generally arduous conditions on the hills. Beware of changing conditions during afternoon later making any mobility difficult plus severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Snow, becoming persistent late in day.

Overnight snow & rain will clear east around dawn, leaving a few snow showers. Mid-late afternoon, abruptly deteriorating to sometimes heavy snow giving whiteout. Perhaps briefly hail and chance isolated thunder. Very wet underfoot lower slopes following previous heavy rain; streams in spate or flood.

Cloud on the hills?

Suddenly forming late in day

Patches after dawn will clear, with most summits cloud free for several hours. However, anticipate abrupt deterioration from west afternoon as in precipitation fog quickly shrouds the hills.

Chance of cloud free summits?

70%

Sunshine and air clarity?

A few hours of intermittent bright sunshine and good visibility, ahead of cloud and appalling visibility in snow during afternoon.

How Cold? (at 700m)

-2C; briefly 0C or above just at or before dawn. Where exposed to strongest winds, later feeling like -15C on high tops.

And in the valleys

Around 5C; will have been a few degrees higher up to dawn.

Viewing Forecast For

Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines
Sunday 1st March 2020
Last updated Saturday 29th February 2020 at 7:34 AM

How windy? (On the summits)

West or southwesterly 40 to 60mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Difficult conditions as walking or general mobility is difficult and wind chill severe.

How Wet?

Snow, perhaps incessant

Snow showers, sometimes frequent and heavy; also hail and risk thunder. Additionally risk that the snow may be incessant for several hours, possibly much of the day.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive

Cloud may shroud the hills all day. However, with uncertainty in the location of cloud and precipitation, some areas may fare better, but higher slopes will probably remain cloud covered.

Chance of cloud free summits?

20%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Little or no sunshine and areas of very poor or appalling visibility.

How Cold? (at 700m)

-1C

And in the valleys

Max 5C, but dropping to 2C in constant precipitation.

Viewing Forecast For

Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines
Monday 2nd March 2020
Last updated Saturday 29th February 2020 at 7:34 AM

How windy? (On the summits)

Westerly, speeds varied (detail uncertain), short lived lulls, but often 25-30mph, risk at times 40-45mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Expect buffeting and significant wind chill across the hills; conditions may vary through the day.

How Wet?

Showers, snow on hills

A few showers spreading from west, snow or hail flurries on the hills, mostly rain lower slopes. Locally may be frequent for a few hours.

Cloud on the hills?

Often covering higher tops

Cloud bases varied depending on extent of precipitation. Sometimes shrouding the hills for periods above 500-700m, lowest western Pennines, and may often cover high tops. Breaks best toward east.

Chance of cloud free summits?

40%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional sun, most common eastern dales. Visibility often very good, but at times very poor if in snow.

How Cold? (at 700m)

-1C

And in the valleys

2 to 5C.

Planning Outlook

Remaining cold into the start of March, with westerly winds generally prevailing. Scottish mountains staying sub-zero much of the time, whilst England & Wales will see periods of freeze and thaw, and snow more often confined to higher slopes. Precipitation remaining focused on western mountains. Lower terrain staying very wet underfoot. Wind speeds varied, occasional lulls, but also gales at times. Some indications of higher pressure into the second week of March.