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East Highlands

Weather hazards over 300m on Sat 06 Feb 2016

High risk

Gales
Widespread gusts 50 to 60mph with significant buffeting.
Severe chill effect
At height.

Medium risk

Blizzards
Mainly the Southern Highlands, like the Ben Lawers area
Heavy snow
Mainly the Southern Highlands, like the Ben Lawers area
Persistent extensive hill fog
Mainly the Southern Highlands, overcast around 300m at times
Heavy persistent rain
On the lower slopes of the Southern Highlands

Low risk

Storm force winds
Occasional gust to around 70mph possible over ridges and summits
Thunderstorms
Not expected

No risk

Strong sunlight
none

Sat 06 Feb 2016

Mainly dry with clear spells overnight, although a scattering of snow showers across the Monadhliath Mountains down to Ben Lawers. The showers merging into longer outbreaks of rain and snow during the morning, this heaviest and most persistent through the Southern Highlands with extensive hill fog and blizzard conditions. Occasional drier spells over the northern Cairngorms. The snow level initially around 300m but gradually rising to around 700m by evening. There will also be a severe wind chill in the strong to gale force winds.

Time
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Weather
Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Cloudy Heavy snow Heavy snow Heavy snow Sleet Heavy snow shower night
Precipitation probability
20% 20% 40% 60% 60% 60% 70% 60%

Visibility

Good or very good , becoming poor or very poor in rain and snow with whiteout conditions at height.

Hill Fog

Extensive often overcast 300 to 600m over the Southern Highlands leading to navigational difficulties, more patchy elsewhere

Max wind above 600m

South or Southeast 30 to 40mph, gusts to around 60mph over ridges and summits with buffeting and a severe wind chill.

Temperature

Valleys:
Zero to Plus 5 Celsius
800m:
Minus 3 Celsius rising close to freezing by the evening.
Freezing level:
Well down at first, but rising 600 to 900m by evening.

Sun 07 Feb 2016

Rather cloudy with outbreaks of rain and snow, the best of the drier and brighter conditions from the northern Cairngorms across to Lochnagar. The snow level lowering to around 300m overnight, but rising again to around 600m during the day. Blizzard and whiteout conditions at times, with severe gale or storm force southwesterly winds.

Visibility

Often good or very good in the north, but poor or very poor at times across the Monadhliath Mountains down to the Southern Highlands.

Hill Fog

Broken or overcast around 600m, lowering to around 300m at times, mainly in the south and west.

Max wind above 600m

Southwest 40 to 60 around the middle of the day, gusts to 80mph over ridges and summits. Winds are expected to be less in the north.

Temperature

Valleys:
Zero to Plus 5 Celsius during the day.
800m:
Minus 1 to Minus 3 Celsius
Freezing level:
400 to 700m

Mon 08 Feb 2016

Bright or clear spells and occasional snow or snow showers. The snow level around 300m, with rain or sleet at low levels. Winds turning into the north or northwest and mainly moderate or fresh.

Tue 09 Feb 2016

Bright and clear spells and snow showers, the showers possibly merging in the north. Freezing at most levels by the end of the day. North or Northwest winds strong at times over the summits later, but mainly moderate or fresh.

Wed 10 Feb 2016

Snow showers, mainly in the north, dying out. Winds easing during daylight hours, but strengthening from the southeast later. Freezing at most levels.

Issued at: 1723 on Fri 05 Feb 2016