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West Highlands Forecast

West Highlands

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

Today's Forecast

Gale force, walking arduous
Snow showers
Poor visibility
Cold
Winter kit required

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Viewing Forecast For

West Highlands
Tuesday 27th February 2024
Last updated Mon 26th Feb 24 at 4:27PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Scotland: Westerly gales. Early rain, and above 600m, snow, clearing south. Clearing to showers, bases lifting. England and Wales: Blustery and gusty southwest winds, ahead and along of a cold front which will bring patchy rain and low cloud, brighter conditions later from north.

Headline for West Highlands

Westerly gales. Early rain and upland snow, then showers, bases lifting.

How windy? (On the Munros)

After dawn southwesterly 60mph. Toward midday will veer westerly; a temporary slight lull, 35-40mph, strongest Lochaber.

Effect of the wind on you?

Difficult walking conditions on higher areas, particularly at first. Significant, or at first severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Rain and snow, mostly as showers.

Persistent snow, or rain below 600m, after dawn will mid to late morning ease to brief showers.

Cloud on the hills?

Rarely clearing higher areas

Fog from lower slopes up near the coast and above 450 to locally 750m well inland most of morning. Will then improve, typical cloud base lifting to 750 to well inland 900m, with a few breaks above.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Less than 10% morning; then 60%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Dull and misty until late morning. Then from west bursts of sunshine and frequently very good visibility, although temporarily very poor in snow.

How Cold? (at 900m)

0C Will feel as cold as minus 14C directly in the wind.

Freezing Level

900m, but frost in some valleys at dawn.

Viewing Forecast For

West Highlands
Wednesday 28th February 2024
Last updated Mon 26th Feb 24 at 4:27PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly 15 to 30mph, then risk up to southerly 30 to 50mph towards or after dusk.

Effect of the wind on you?

Blustery and gusty with significant wind chill. Risk arduous toward or after dusk.

How Wet?

Drizzly rain moving in

Drizzly rain, and on upper slopes snow, soon moving in from the west. Then on and off through the day, with high level snow reverting to rain.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive

Cloud will widely lower and become extensive on the hills and last throughout the day.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

10%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Overcast. Visibility becoming poor in drizzly rain, and very poor in snow on tops.

How Cold? (at 900m)

0 or -1C, lifting to 4C in afternoon.

Freezing Level

800-900m, but lifting above summits during afternoon.

Viewing Forecast For

West Highlands
Thursday 29th February 2024
Last updated Mon 26th Feb 24 at 4:27PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly 25 to 35mph, strongest near the west coast where may reach 45mph later.

Effect of the wind on you?

Very blustery. and gusty, especially around showers, with significant wind chill and buffeting at times.

How Wet?

Frequent snow and hail, risk thunder

Frequent snow and hail showers with the risk of thunder. Will come in one after another, and merge into bands at times. Snow falling above 600m, later 400m.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive upper slopes, varying bases.

Extensive, but varying, cloud banks will give widespread fog on upper slopes and at times lowering to mid slopes. Fleeting breaks between the showers.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

20%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Often cloudy, fleeting bursts of sun. Visibility often poor or very poor due to falling and blowing snow.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-1C lowering to -3C

Freezing Level

800m lowering to 600m

Planning Outlook

Unsettled and windy conditions through the rest of the week with colder and at times powerful west to southwest winds, bringing a lowering of the freezing levels across all areas, lowest across the Highlands where snowfalls will build up, especially across western mountains. Frequent precipitation with widespread showers, merging into longer periods of precipitation. Snow down to lower slopes in the Highlands, and upper slopes for England and Wales.