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Cool to cold & unsettled - snow will accumulate on Highland Mountains.

This Report for the Scottish Highlands was issued at
22.36hrs Friday 15th January 2021.

Following the Scottish Government announcing mainland Scotland moved from Level 4 restrictions to a Stay at Home Lockdown on Tue 5th January and all uplift operations are presently suspended.

Under the Covid Protection tiers introduced in the autumn, uplift is permitted up to and including Level 4 - Lockdown. Please adhere to current travel regulations, a resumption of the season depends on the local authorities containing the snowsports areas returning to Level 4 or lower!

Friday was a glorious winters day in the Northern Cairngorms, for many viewing the webcams will have been a painful experience today, for those living locally and able to get out for a tour a fantastic day with some perfect fresh snow corduroy on the slopes at the Lecht and Glenshee as machines worked to packdown new snow between the fences ahead of a stormy night.

A wild night is on the cards with the wind ramping up from the West, already gusts to 72mph on the summit of CairnGorm Mountain where the temperature is -5°c. Storm Force Southerly winds overnight peaking around 60 to 65mph with gusts to 90mph towards the West Highlands, and prone Northern downslopes around the CairnGorm Plateau.

In the West this will be accompanied by a period of snow giving around 10cm, while more showery in the East there is a lot of fresh loose snow on the CairnGorm Plateau and a lot of it should shift into the Northern Corries and thus the snowsports area overnight. Despite extensive cover across CairnGorm the Cas Gunbarrel burn was still showing in places today, that is likely to not be the case tomorrow ! Snow should also accumulate from open slopes into the fences at the Lecht and E/W aligned fences at Glenshee, but the Butcharts / Carn Aosda area may lose some snow.

A pretty blowy weekend, though windspeeds not as high on Sunday. If you are thinking of a tour and can pick your day, then Tuesday is currently looking like it may be a day of relatively light winds in a pretty blustery and unsettled period. If heading to one of the snowsports areas for touring please be aware that machines are likely to be working over so please be aware of mountain operations and remember that no facilities will be available at the snowsports areas due to the current Covid restrictions.

The snowgates are closed on the CairnGorm access road, but also the snowgates have been closed more than open on the A939 and A93 over the past week!

At Glencoe it is once again possible to skin up the haul road from the Carpark, but cover is thin so while it is just possible to ski to the base it is quite combat. Snow making continues with the snow factory at Glencoe on Old Mugs Alley.

:: LEVEL 4 Travel Restrictions
While all of mainland Scotlandis now in full Lockdown, the level 4 travel regulations remain in force. Ideally if you can tour closer to home, then you should do so, but legally you can only access the snowsports area bases for mountain activities from the following local authorities.

The Lecht: Aberdeenshire, Moray.

Glenshee: Aberdeenshire, Perth and Kinross.

Glencoe: Highland, Argyll & Bute.

Nevis Range: Highland.

Please be aware that no facilities are available on site and the CairnGorm ski road is closed so there is no vehicular access to the Cas Carpark irrespective of road conditions.

:: Club Fields
All the Northern England Club Fields are now closed following the introduction of the third national English lockdown. Travel restrictions are currently tighter than in Scotland and you are asked not to visit Yad Moss or Weardale at this time.

Lowther Hills Ski Club is currently under the mainland Scotland Stay at Home Lockdown - thus uplift is not possible until the club returns to at least Level 4 lockdown restrictions or lower.

Please check all club fields access T&Cs as day tickets are not always available, some are members only due to insurance conditions and there are changes to usual ticket / access arrangements due to coronavirus. Reciprocal agreements on discounted day tickets between clubs have been suspended for this season.

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:: Mountain Forecast Discussion
Stormy overnight with Southerly winds attaining Storm Force with substantial drifting of the recent fresh snow falls. Saturday will be a windy day as overnight Southerly storms veer Westerly with continuing Gales, Severe Gales likely sustained in the Northern Cairngorms. Minus 1°c at Munro Level, but some wide local variations in freezing level with a low lapse rate, this means it will be a pretty messy picture on where snow falls to lower levels. Snow showers will merge together at times in the West where whiteout conditions will occur at higher levels. Westerly 40 gusting 55 to 60mph.

On Sunday a bit less windy, with snow showers coming in on a Westerly wind around 25 gusting 40mph (50mph over the Cairngorm Plateau). Showers will be most frequent in the West and near the coast they will merge into some longer periods of snow. Far SE Cairngorms may more or less have a dry day with sunny spells. Minus 1 to -2°c at Munro Level, freezing generally around 1500ft.

A similar day on Monday, again showers most frequent in the West, but even here a few more brighter or sunny spells likely than on Sunday. A degree colder than Sunday.

Tuesday detail may well change, but currently a complex double low pressure system is likely to be situated over or near Highland Scotland. Early indications favour frontal snow falling over the West in light winds, with a snow showers coming into the Cairngorms on a Northerly breeze. Around -3°c at Munro Level.

From mid-week day to day detail, particularly precipitation amounts chops and changes depending on exact synoptic specifics. Areas exposed to the sea getting onshore winds will catch the most hill snow. Precipitation will fall most days on the Highland mountains where it will predominantly if not solely fall as snow through the next week to 10 days. Frequently windy with gales or higher wind speeds on Highland Mountains, but some notable lulls in or near the centre of the troughs.

:: Webcams and Weather Stations
Lowther Hill: Leadhills Village Camera online. Power and internet connection has been restored at the Summit Engine Hut, but the camera has failed. This probably can not be resolved until restrictions are eased.

CAIRNGORM: Aviemore Cams online. Loch Morlich webcam has been replaced by a streaming service, please visit .

GLENCOE: All webcams online. The Old Mugs Alley Camera is currently located at the Plateau Cafe looking up the fork to the cafe via the Glencoe Ski Club Hut.

NEVIS: Goose cameras are online. Base camera is offline until Nevis Range reopens.

Glencoe // Mon 04 Jan 2021
All uplift operation now suspended. Any turns for locals will have to be earned!
Glencoe // Mon 28 Dec 2020
Access Chair and Sledge Park open daily. Just a little more snow or drifting (or few days of the snow factory) to get some lift served sliding.
Glencoe // Sun 27 Dec 2020
Decent day expected Monday with the chairlift and sledge park open, but more snow required for uplift for snowsports.
Glencoe // Fri 20 Mar 2020
Stunning conditions for all abilities, Rankins Return (pictured) in superb condition for early intermediates up and above even the Flypaper was open Friday.
Glencoe // Thu 19 Mar 2020
Another bluebird Friday due after mid-week freshies.
Northern Cairngorms Outlook
Tuesday 19th January
FL: Surface.  Sunny
914m: -4°c Var. 10-20mph
Wednesday 20th January
FL: 1500ft.  Snow Showers
914m: -4°c NNE 15 gust 30mph
  19.43hrs Mon 18th Jan
West Highlands Outlook
Tuesday 19th January
FL: 1000ft.  Part Cloudy
914m: -4°c Var. 10-20mph
Wednesday 20th January
FL: 500ft.  Sunny
914m: -5°c NE 10 gust 20mph
  19.42hrs Mon 18th Jan
Southern Cairngorms Outlook
Tuesday 19th January
FL: 1500ft.  Part Cloudy
914m: -3°c Var. 10-15mph
Wednesday 20th January
FL: 1500ft.  Part Cloudy
914m: -4°c North 10-20mph
  19.44hrs Mon 18th Jan
Lowther Hill Outlook
Tuesday 19th January
FL: 2000ft.  Light Snow
725m: -1°c East 10-20mph
Wednesday 20th January
FL: 1000ft.  Light Snow
725m: -3°c WNW 10 gust 20mph
  19.45hrs Mon 18th Jan