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
Friday 22nd January 2021
Last updated Thursday 21st January 2021 at 2:57 PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Very cold across the mountains - terrain widely frozen, very icy in places, plus lying snow in most areas. Brisk west to northwest winds will maintain a severe chill factor in exposure. Areas of snow or hail showers moving inland from western coasts.

Headline for Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines

Cold, strongest winds morning. Snow, hail showers, chance thunder.

How windy? (On the summits)

West or northwesterly 30 to 40mph from dawn into morning, easing through middle of day to 20-25mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Arduous conditions with severe wind chill in morning, improving a little, but prepare for significant chill factor on higher terrain.

How Wet?

Local heavy snow and hail showers

Snow and hail showers coming in from the west, locally may be frequent for an hour or more western Yorks Dales NP, some heavy bursts, chance isolated thunder. Areas further north and east escaping more often dry all day.

Cloud on the hills?

Varied, breaks to tops

Cloud base changing quickly in and out of precipitation. Most cloud often confined to patches on high tops, and breaks locally frequent. However, where snow occurs, shafts of cloud sometimes below 500m.

Chance of cloud free summits?

40%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Brief glimpses of sun and locally often very clear air. Visibility abruptly very poor in showers.

How Cold? (at 700m)

-2C. Where exposed to wind on higher terrain, feeling as cold as -15C in the morning.

And in the valleys

Starting just below zero some valleys, rising to 1 to 3C.

Viewing Forecast For

Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines
Saturday 23rd January 2021
Last updated Thursday 21st January 2021 at 2:57 PM

How windy? (On the summits)

West to northwesterly 20 to 30mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Frequent buffeting on higher terrain. Severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Snow or hail showers

Scattered snow and hail showers continue to come in from the west, sometimes frequent and heavy western Yorks Dales NP. Only isolated brief showers reaching the eastern Pennines.

Cloud on the hills?

Patches high tops

Cloud base varied, may often cap higher slopes in western Yorks Dales, below 600m in showers. Breaks more common in eastern areas.

Chance of cloud free summits?

40%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patches of sun and very clear air. Visibility locally very poor in showers.

How Cold? (at 700m)

-3C

And in the valleys

Starting sub-zero, only rising to 1 or 2C.

Viewing Forecast For

Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines
Sunday 24th January 2021
Last updated Thursday 21st January 2021 at 2:57 PM

How windy? (On the summits)

Direction likely to vary, occasional lulls, but risk squally 30-40mph at times.

Effect of the wind on you?

May be often small, but beware of changing conditions and significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Risk periods of snow and hail

Detail uncertain: Areas of snow or hail showers coming in from the west. May merge into a zone of constant snow for a few hours. Also periods where dry for several hours locally.

Cloud on the hills?

Forming around precipitation

Cloud varied - sometimes only fragments on higher slopes, with good breaks. Around precipitation, forming quickly below 700m.

Chance of cloud free summits?

50%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Intermittent sun and very clear air. Visibility abruptly appalling if in snow.

How Cold? (at 700m)

-3C

And in the valleys

Starting sub-zero, rising only to 1 or 2C.

Planning Outlook

All mountains sub-zero through the weekend and into early next week. Terrain widely frozen with fresh snow cover to many lower slopes. Some freeze-thaw cycles may then occur, although higher Scottish mountains may rarely lift above zero for the next couple of weeks at least. Showers of snow and hail, or further significant snowfalls in some areas. Precipitation frequent into late January. Hard frosts most common in Highland glens. Very icy underfoot in places. Wind speeds varied, occasionally reaching gale force.