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Regional forecast for Highlands & Eilean Siar

Wintry showers tonight, mainly dry tomorrow, rain in west later.

This Evening and Tonight:

Frequent showers this evening, with snow on higher ground, further accumulations, and strong to gale westerly winds especially in Isles and Lochaber. The showers becoming more scattered overnight, with clear spells, as winds veer northwest and ease. Icy stretches developing. Minimum Temperature -1C.

Wednesday:

A few showers at first otherwise dry with sunny spells, although clouds will bring some rain to the west towards dusk, with strengthening south to southwesterly winds. Maximum Temperature 8C.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Gradually turning milder, but with occasional rain, becoming prolonged and heavy in West Highlands, Hebrides, whilst the sheltered east stays mainly dry and bright. Strong southwesterly winds, gales at times.

Updated at: 1436 on Tue 03 Mar 2015

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Cold with icy patches. Largely dry, but showers in north.

This Evening and Tonight:

Showers continuing in the north and west with snowfall over hills and rain lower down, but these easing by dawn with icy patches forming on untreated surfaces. Mostly dry elsewhere. Windy, with coastal gales in the north, but easing later.

Wednesday:

Icy patches at first. Largely dry and sunny conditions, with showers continuing to die out and winds easing. Feeling less cold. Cloud and rain reaching the northwest later.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Windy across many northwestern areas with local gales and rain at times, often heavy in western Scotland. Southeastern areas will be mostly dry with some sunshine. Much milder everywhere.

Updated at: 1452 on Tue 03 Mar 2015

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Sunday 8 Mar 2015 to Tuesday 17 Mar 2015:

A northwest/southeast split is likely on Sunday. Wetter weather is expected in the northwest, with outbreaks of rain, perhaps heavy in western Scotland, slowly moving south, possibly reaching northern England by the end of the day before stalling. It will also be windy with gales possible in places. Drier, brighter, less windy conditions are likely in the southeast, with some sunny spells. It will become mild across the country and may be very mild in some eastern parts. From Monday, there looks to be a change to more settled conditions to most parts of the UK, however, occasional weather systems will likely bring cloudier interludes with rain to northern and western parts. There is uncertainty in temperatures, but they are more likely to be average for the time of year.

UK Outlook for Wednesday 18 Mar 2015 to Wednesday 1 Apr 2015:

It looks probable that pressure will remain higher than average across the UK at first. This would bring generally drier than average conditions, but it is likely that there could also be some cloud at times, with some occasional rain or showers particularly across the north. There are signs that a more unsettled regime will be established in late March with wetter than average conditions probably developing in the northwest, but still with drier weather in the southeast.

Updated at: 1155 on Tue 03 Mar 2015