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East Highlands

Weather hazards over 300m on Sat 31 Jan 2015

High risk

Blizzards
Developing through the morning, especially in the north and east
Heavy snow
Quite widely, especially in the afternoon and evening.
Storm force winds
Gusts 80 mph across higher summits, but 100 mph across the Cairngorm Plateau
Gales
Across all upland areas
Severe chill effect
Across all upland areas

Medium risk

Persistent extensive hill fog
Especially across northern and eastern ranges

Low risk

No low risks
none

No risk

Thunderstorms
none
Heavy persistent rain
none
Strong sunlight
none

Sat 31 Jan 2015

Weather conditions will deteriorate quite markedly through the morning across the north and east, so starting off with a few snow showers, before heavy snow and blizzard conditions become rather more widespread here through the morning. Then a cloudy afternoon and evening with further snow, the heaviest of this likely across the northern and eastern Cairngorms with some deep snowfall expected here. Across the more southern Perthshire hills and down to Rannoch Moor snow may be patchier and not as heavy, but still be prepared for poor conditions here too.

Time
0600 to 0900 0900 to 1200 1200 to 1500 1500 to 1800 1800 to 2100 2100 to 2400
Weather
Heavy snow shower night Heavy snow Heavy snow Heavy snow Heavy snow shower night Heavy snow shower night
Precipitation probability
60% 50-70% 70-90% 70-90% 70-90% 50-70%

Visibility

Widely poor due to drifting snow, but good at times in the south. Whiteout conditions at times across northern and eastern ranges.

Hill Fog

Down to 400 or 500 metres in snow showers across the north, becoming persistent at times along northern upslopes.

Max wind above 600m

50 mph with gusts 70 mph, but 65 mph gusts 90 to 100 mph across the Cairngorm Plateau. Making progress will be very difficult with a risk of being blown over. Severe wind chill.

Temperature

Valleys:
Minus 5 rising to Plus 1 Celsius.
800m:
Minus 3 Celsius
Freezing level:
200m to 400m

Issued at: 0324 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Sun 01 Feb 2015

Another cold and windy day with scattered snow showers, these most frequent and heaviest across the northern ranges. The southern ranges will see the best of the drier and brighter conditions.

Visibility

Generally very good out of showers, otherwise poor when showers come along and in blowing snow.

Hill Fog

Down to 500 metres in snow showers across the north, else patches around 750 metres.

Max wind above 600m

North or northwesterly 45 mph with gusts 65 mph, still gusting to 90 mph or so across the Cairngorm Plateau. Severe wind chill.

Temperature

Valleys:
Minus 3 Celsius rising to minus 1 Celsius.
800m:
Minus 5 Celsius
Freezing level:
Below 200 metres.

Issued at: 0324 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Mon 02 Feb 2015

Cold and bright with some snow showers, these mainly in the north and east. Northwesterly gales across the tops.

Issued at: 0324 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Tue 03 Feb 2015

Cold north or northeasterly winds will bring snow showers again, and perhaps longer spells of snow at times through the day. Northerly summit gales.

Issued at: 0324 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Wed 04 Feb 2015

Bright with a few snow showers although less in the way of showers. Still windy across the tops with a risk of summit northerly gales.

Issued at: 0324 on Sat 31 Jan 2015