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North Grampian - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting North Grampian over the next 5 days

Confidence

High for hazardous conditions early Wednesay, and then turn to gradually more settled weather from late Wednesday through to Friday, becoming medium to poor during the weekend with limited confidence in timing of Atlantic fronts crossing your area.

  • This evening
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Further outlook

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Sunset: 16:22
Moon phase: First quarter

Patchy rain clearing to scattered showers, as snow level lower to around 600m, while summits winds remain strong to gale.

Wednesday 24 January 2018

Weather hazards

Storm force winds High likelihood Hide detail

Walking will be very strenuous with any mobility virtually impossible over exposed ground. There is a high likelihood of being blown over or taken off one’s feet, while even standing up may be impossible at times. Basic tasks such as using a map, eating, putting on extra clothing or communication become extremely difficult away from any shelter.

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Gales High likelihood Show detail

Progress will be impeded by very strong winds. Walking will be difficult and strenuous at times with a potential for one to be blown over in gusts. There can be a marked increase in winds through cols or on exposed ridges and summits. Distances often take longer to cover with compass bearings becoming more difficult to follow accurately.

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Severe chill effect High likelihood Show detail

Wind significantly lowers the ‘feels-like’ temperature relative to the actual temperature, with even moderate winds significantly adding to the chilling effect. Strong winds can result in a severe and debilitating wind chill many degrees below the actual temperature. This effect will be enhanced in rain or wet snow. Without protection, prolonged exposure could result in frost nip or frostbite on exposed parts of the body and/or hypothermia.

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Blizzards Medium likelihood Show detail

Blizzards and whiteouts present challenging and serious conditions due to a combination of falling or blowing snow, strong winds and cold temperatures. They can be highly disorientating, often resulting in near-zero visibility with limited or no visual references and no distinction between ground and sky. Cliff edges and cornices may not be apparent, even close up. These conditions require very good navigational skills.

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Poor visibility Medium likelihood Show detail

Poor visibility presents challenging route finding conditions. Visibility could be significantly less than 50 metres in all directions with few or no visual references, especially on featureless moors or plateaux. Distances become hard to judge and cliff or cornice edges can be difficult to recognise. These conditions require good navigational skills. There is a risk of white-out conditions when mist or fog is combined with extensive snow cover.

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Headline

Simmit winds reaching severe strom force at times Wednesday morning, bringing a severe chill and combining with sporadic hill fog. However conditions gradually improving later.

Weather

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Weather at 800m Partly cloudy night Heavy snow Heavy snow shower day Light snow shower day Light snow shower day Light snow shower day Light snow shower day Light snow shower day
Chance of precipitation at 800m 10% 90% 70% 60% 60% 60% 50% 40%

Wind speed and direction

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
1300m S 33 46 SE 42 64 SW 46 64 SW 47 67 SW 47 70 SW 45 64 SW 36 52 SW 32 47
900m S 29 41 SE 38 60 SW 37 56 SW 39 60 SW 38 63 SW 36 55 SW 29 46 SW 25 40
600m S 19 37 S 25 53 SW 24 46 SW 26 52 SW 26 54 SW 24 49 SW 19 40 SW 17 36
300m S 13 31 SE 17 44 SW 15 38 SW 19 47 SW 21 52 SW 19 46 SW 14 35 SW 12 29
Glen SW 7 24 S 7 25 SW 8 29 SW 9 35 SW 11 40 SW 9 35 SW 8 26 SW 7 22

Temperature

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
1300m -4 ° -4 ° -3 ° -5 ° -4 ° -4 ° -4 ° -5 °
900m -1 ° -1 ° 1 ° -2 ° -2 ° -1 ° -2 ° -2 °
600m 1 ° 1 ° 3 ° 1 ° 0 ° 1 ° 1 ° 0 °
300m 3 ° 3 ° 5 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 2 ° 2 °
Glen 3 ° 4 ° 6 ° 3 ° 4 ° 4 ° 3 ° 3 °

Feels like temperature

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
1300m -14 ° -14 ° -13 ° -16 ° -15 ° -15 ° -14 ° -14 °
900m -9 ° -9 ° -8 ° -11 ° -11 ° -10 ° -10 ° -10 °
600m -5 ° -5 ° -3 ° -7 ° -7 ° -6 ° -6 ° -6 °
300m -2 ° -2 ° 0 ° -3 ° -3 ° -2 ° -3 ° -3 °
Glen -2 ° 0 ° 1 ° -3 ° -2 ° -1 ° -2 ° -2 °

Freezing level

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 700 m 800 m 900 m 600 m 600 m 600 m 600 m 600 m
Sunrise: 08:30
Sunset: 16:24
Moon phase: First quarter

Weather

Mainly dry and clear early evening, then a broad band of occasionally heavy snow, falling as rain below 800m, will spread from the south during the early hours of Wednesday morning, which clears to scattered showers towards dawn. Showers through the rest of Wednesday, mostly across the Monadhliath Mountains, scattered during the morning, gradually turning lighter and less frequent through the rest of the day. Snow level in the showers remaining around 600m.

Chance of cloud-free mountain/hill tops at 800m

70% at first, becoming Nil during the early hours of the morning, then 60% from dawn with cloud bases frequently lowering 600-700m as showers blow through.

Visibility

Falling poor or very poor initial band of rain and snow, also in the showers and across higher summits in drifting snow, making navagation very difficult.

Met Office Aberdeen meteorologist's view

Hazardous mid-winter conditions with gusts reaching 90+mph over most exposed ridges and summits, bringing blizzards, a severe wind chill and causing drifting across higher summits.

Thursday 25 January 2018

Sunrise: 08:28
Sunset: 16:27
Moon phase: First quarter

Weather

Much improved from Wednesday with isolated showers through the morning, which largely die out through the afternoon and evening. However underfoot conditions will bring there own significant challenges.

Maximum wind speed expected

South to southwest mean 20-25mph at first with gusts 35mph, easing and during the morning and veering northwest by evening.

Chance of cloud-free mountain/hill tops at 800m

70% at first becoming 85% later, with showers lowering bases to 700m

Temperature

  • At 800m Around ZeroC
  • Glen Plus 1C increasing 8C during the afternoon, before falling 3C towards midnight
  • Freezing level Around 800m

Visibility

Very good or excellent, falling moderate or poor in showers.

Friday 26 January 2018

Sunrise: 08:26
Sunset: 16:29
Moon phase: First quarter

Isolated showers and sunny spells, with relatively light summit winds and a freezing level lowering to around 400m.

Saturday 27 January 2018

Sunrise: 08:25
Sunset: 16:31
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Patchy rain crossing from the west from late morning, with a more organised spell of rain for a time during the afternoon, both bringing snow to the higher summits. Winds increasing gale to severe gale over the summits, perhaps touching storm force later.

Sunday 28 January 2018

Sunrise: 08:23
Sunset: 16:33
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Mainly dry with the best of the limited cloud breaks across eastern peaks. Winds gale to severe gale over the summits, perhaps storm force at times.

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Includes the North and West Cairngorms National Park, Monadhliath, Ben Alder, Creag Meagaidh, Loch Ericht and Loch Rannoch.

The North Grampian region includes a large part of the Cairngorm National Park and the Balmoral Estate, the Scottish home of the Royal family since 1852. Five of the UK's six highest mountains lie inside Cairngorm National park, and there are 55 Munros (mountains over 3,000 ft). You will also find three of Scotland’s five ski centres including the Glenshee Ski Centre, the largest in the UK. The centre extends across four mountains, Glas Maol the largest at 1,068 metres and Carn Aosda the smallest at 917 metres, and includes 36 different ski runs.

Most people agree that Creag Meagaidh in Glen Spean is where the east highlands meet the west highlands. It is also this location which provides one of the area's most popular activities - ice climbing. This is thanks to its vast plateau from which five Munros (that seem almost made for climbing) stretch out. Seeing as plenty is on offer for visitors and it is crammed in a relatively small area, it should come as no surprise that the Creag Meagaidh area has been praised as offering all that is good about the Highlands in a single nature reserve.

For snow and avalanche hazard forecasts please visit Sportscotland Avalanche Information Service

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