Next Monday we hit the road with the Warren Miller Film Tour...
Catch Warren Miller's HERE, THERE & EVERYWHERE in Inverness on Mon 5th Dec, then we head down the A9 for the Birks Cinema Aberfeldy on Tue 6th, Dundee Wed 7th Dec, Edinburgh Thu 8th Dec. All dates, info & tickets at our Warren Miller
site, get yours now.
Last year a notably dry and stormless period of autumn through September and October came to an end after an exceptionally mild summer like start to November. Walking from the carpark at Glencoe to Ba Cottage in a t-shirt is not your average start of November weather!
This year we have reached St Andrews day without a single severe weather warning for high winds in Highland Scotland all autumn. an incredibly benign autumn on that score and one does have to wonder if we will pay for it further down the line!
November did finally get a good blow on the mountains though to end meteorological autumn with a sustained Force 12 being reached on Wednesday morning at the Summit of CairnGorm. Going into the first weekend of December it's back to negligible winds for the Highlands.
As high pressure reasserts itself over Highland Scotland it looks as if the West will have the best of the brightness once you're above any inversion mist at the weekend. From the snowsports perspective we are back at the waiting game, but it looks as if it should be decent weather for getting out onto the mountains at the weekend and the Gondola will be open at Nevis Range this weekend. At Glencoe the Access Chair is open daily for those wanting to go up and play in the partial snow cover, but has receded in today's mild temperatures.
After a decent day to kick of their 2017 season last Friday at CairnGorm, things all went a bit horribly wrong thanks to a decaying frontal system that slide into our resident high pressure, this introduced much more humid air which initiated a significant and fairly rapid thaw, more marked at higher elevations than mid-mountain.
As a consequence neither CairnGorm or the Lecht were able to open for snowsports on Sunday. The Lecht did open on Saturday, but only the Grouse Poma and Magic Carpet run (free of charge due to the rapidly deteriorating limited cover).
So while you are waiting for the snow to properly arrive on the mountains, come and get a pre season fix with Warren Miller's Here, There and Everywhere. Winterhighland hits the road touring Scotland through December and January, we start of touring with our local cinema at Eden Court Theatre on Monday 5th, then head down the A9 to the Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy on Tuesday, Dundee on Wednesday and Edinburgh on Thursday.
As we start December high pressure will reassert itself over Highland Scotland and wind speeds will become negligible for the weekend and remain light into the first half of next week.
Gradually a few more breaks in the cloud will develop during Friday with some Sunny Spells coming through, more so in the more sheltered parts of the Southern West Highlands and towards the SE of the Cairngorms. The Northern Cairngorms exposed to the light NW breeze more likely to stay overcast. FL close to Munro Level with temps between -1 to +1°c. NW 15 to 25mph in the East, but wind falling light and variable in the West, virtually calm off the summits and exposed ridges.
As the High Pressure builds more strongly and cloud breaks more widely there is likely to be night frosts at the weekend, this is likely to lead to areas of fog under an inversion layer. Above the inversion particularly towards the West glorious Sunny overhead expected with negligible wind through the weekend and into next week.
Though forecast models continue to show real interest of the cold unsettled type with hill snow and strong winds mid-month, they are continuing to move towards a less desirable way of getting there in that it looks as if it will become exceptionally mild later next week as the high pressure initially slips South and slightly Eastwards allowing the circulation around it to function as a giant heat pump into Highland Scotland.
After such a dry autumn in many ways what we want to avoid is an absolute soaking, dry ground will cool down faster as temperatures drop back and provide a better surface for new snow to stick to.
Check the MWIS and Met Office Mountain forecasts for the latest detailed area mountain weather outlooks.
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CAIRNGORM: SSC and Loch Morlich webcams are online.
AVIEMORE: Aviemore, Inverdruie and Loch Morlich cams online.
GLENCOE: Mountain webcams are online except the Summit.
NEVIS: Goose Cameras online at present. Braveheart camera will only be intermittently available due to work on power connections on the mountain.
Glencoe: 01855 851226 www.glencoemountain.co.uk
Nevis Range: 01397 705825 www.nevisrange.co.uk
Lecht: 01975 651440 www.lecht.co.uk
CairnGorm: 01479 861261 www.cairngormmountain.co.uk
Glenshee: 013397 41320 www.ski-glenshee.co.uk