West Highlands

Western Highlands accessible from, and south of, Glenfinnan (Road to the Isles) and Glen Spean (includes Creag Meagaidh). This area include Ben Nevis and the mountains around Glencoe. In the east, includes Ben Alder south to Loch Lomond and Trossachs NP. Includes Arran and Mull.

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Viewing Forecast For

West Highlands
Monday 18th January 2021
Last updated Sunday 17th January 2021 at 2:38 PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Scotland: Westerly winds will drive showers across the country; snow above 500m. Cloud covering the hills extensively. England and Wales: Occasional showers; snow higher tops. Hill fog extensive on higher areas. Rain becoming more frequent toward dusk.

Headline for West Highlands

Windy with snow showers; sometimes frequent. Extensive hill fog.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly 35 to occasionally 45mph. Near Clyde sea lochs, mostly 30mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Extensive considerable buffeting and wind chill where exposed on higher areas.

How Wet?

Showers; sometimes frequent

Showers, of snow above 500m. There may be one or two periods when the precipitation is almost constant over a couple of hours.

Cloud on the hills?

Very extensive

Higher areas extensively covered; typical cloud base 500 to 800m, generally lowest near the coast. However, the base likely to lower further where precipitation becomes frequent.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

20%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Glimpses of sunshine. Hazy at best; and very poor visibility in snow.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-1C, will feel closer to -20C in direct exposure to the strongest winds.

Freezing Level

750m

Viewing Forecast For

West Highlands
Tuesday 19th January 2021
Last updated Sunday 17th January 2021 at 2:38 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Wind likely to vary in direction, 10 to 15mph or less.

Effect of the wind on you?

Mostly negligible.

How Wet?

Risk of snow arriving across southern hills.

Very likely dry for much of the day, especially in the north, but risk of snow setting in across areas south of Glencoe.

Cloud on the hills?

Fairly extensive, may break in north.

Fairly extensive banks of cloud across higher slopes; and widely to lower slopes should snow develop in the south. Across Lochaber, some breaks may develop.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

40%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Fairly cloudy. Visibility good or very good, but becoming widely very poor should snow develop.

How Cold? (at 900m)

Around -4C

Freezing Level

300-500m

Viewing Forecast For

West Highlands
Wednesday 20th January 2021
Last updated Sunday 17th January 2021 at 2:38 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Direction varying 5-10mph or less, perhaps later northerly 15mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Negligible.

How Wet?

Very likely dry

Dry for much of the area. However, risk of the odd snow showers near the west coast.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly clear, patchy fog some tops/glens.

Very likely many hills clear through the day. However, some banks of fog in the glens from dawn, and also some banks drifting across some high tops at times.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

70%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Periods of sunshine. Visibility excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-4C

Freezing Level

Most terrain frozen from lowest slopes up after a hard frost overnight.

Planning Outlook

Precipitation will fall at some stage most days over the next week or two; mostly falling as snow on the mountains - although rain England and Wales early next week. On the Scottish Highlands, terrain will be persistently frozen. Often windy with extensive upland gales.