Southeastern Highlands

The southern highlands as far west as the central highlands and north to Ben Alder, Drumochter and summits near Glenshee ski-centre (summits within the historic county of Perthshire). Also Ochils and Angus hills.

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Viewing Forecast For

Southeastern Highlands
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 Southeastern Highlands

Cold, windy. Occasional snow or hail.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northwesterly 25 to 40mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Frequent buffeting, risk sudden powerful squalls. Severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Scattered snow and hail showers

Occasional snow and hail showers, locally may cluster together for an hour or so of frequent snow and whiteout, greatest risk around Ben Alder. Least precipitation toward the Ochils.

Cloud on the hills?

Varied, breaks to tops

Cloud base changing quickly in and out of precipitation. Most cloud often above 800m, and breaks locally frequent. However, where snow occurs, shafts of cloud sometimes below 600m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

50%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Brief glimpses of sun and clear air, but briefly near-zero visibility during snow.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-5C. Where exposed to wind on higher terrain, feeling close to -20C.

Freezing Level

Terrain frozen to most lower slopes.

Viewing Forecast For

Southeastern Highlands
Saturday 23rd January 2021
Last updated Thursday 21st January 2021 at 2:57 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly 20 to 30mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Frequent buffeting on higher terrain. Severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Snow or hail focused west

Often dry, but well scattered snow or hail showers may come in from the west, mostly western hills around the Trossachs, where risk locally setting in at times.

Cloud on the hills?

Breaks to higher slopes

Most cloud confined above 800 to 1000m, and breaks to higher slopes, best toward east. Patches below 700m around showers, mainly in west.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

50%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patchwork of sun and very clear air. Appalling visibility if in blowing snow.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-6C

Freezing Level

Terrain widely frozen from glens upward.

Viewing Forecast For

Southeastern Highlands
Sunday 24th January 2021
Last updated Thursday 21st January 2021 at 2:57 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Direction likely to vary, perhaps a marked lull, but risk sometimes reaching 30mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

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

How Wet?

Risk occasional snow or hail

Often dry, but a few snow or hail showers/flurries possible here and there. Chance becoming a zone of more persistent snow for an hour or so.

Cloud on the hills?

May be very little

Mostly only fragments of cloud on higher slopes, with good breaks. May lower more extensively if snow occurs.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

70%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Frequent sun and very clear air. Visibility briefly appalling if in snow.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-5C

Freezing Level

Terrain widely frozen.

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.