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Fine Friday - but Glencoe will be a leap into the unknown!

This Report for the Scottish Highlands was issued at
20.57hrs Thursday 29th February 2024.
Snow showers will fade ovenright to leave a dry and widely bright Friday, best of the sunny spells and least wind in the West. Check AM for available uplift / runs.

If you have been out on the slopes please send us photos to snow24 at winterhighland dot info.

Need an early weather check? Our webcams currently start updating from 6.30am.

Much colder conditions are now established across Highland Scotland this evening and remaining snow showers coming in from the West will fade to leave a fine, dry and bright Friday with light winds.

Before this midweek burst of high winds and roller coaster freezing levels, Glencoe was the only area able to offer any main slope terrain. That will still be the case on Friday, but just what the state of play is going to be will not be known until the mountain can be assessed post dawn.

Several hours of torrential rain and high winds late on Wednesday evening was followed by a fairly abrupt drop in temperature, then squally snow showers piled in with continuing high winds through Thursday which prevented any uplift at Glencoe. There thus was a loss of snow from the Plateau and mid mountain area before snow started to drift back in during Thursday. The extent to which Plateau runs are complete or not remains to be seen, so there is no guarantee that there will be terrain for all ability levels on Friday.

Wednesday evenings saturated existing snow is now glacial in nature, so while there is now the start of a base on the Plateau, anywhere not covered with windblown fresh or heavily groomed will be A grade Scottish boilerplate!

On CairnGorm and at the Lecht just the carpark level magic carpets are open with a reasonable cover of machine made snow, but there is currently no progression terrain available at either for those ready to move beyond the nursery slopes.

Glenshee is the only Eastern area to have some limited progression terrain from the nursery slopes with the short blue served by the Plastic Slope Poma, which has a full cover of machine made snow.

At Nevis Range the Goose has a decent base above Tower 4, and a partial base exists on the Summit fenced runs, but currently no snowsports on offer.

:: Club Fields
After a soggy period all the Club Fields are back to waiting for new snow, but it looks as if there could be fresh falls to end the week and into the weekend.

Please check club access rules / availability if not a club member / pass holder.

Weardale: https: //skiweardale.com/ .
Allenheads:
http://ski-allenheads.co.uk/ .
Yad Moss: https: //yadmoss.co.uk/ .
Raise: https: //www.ldscsnowski.co.uk/ .

Lowther Hills Ski Club will not operate the Lowther Hill Tow this season, however the summit webcam is in operation and will allow prospective tourers to view snow conditions on the fenced runs near the summit and the wider hillside with views down to Wanlockhead in clear weather.
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:: Mountain Weather
At 6pm in the West at Glencoe it was +2.1°c at the bottom of the Access Chair (1200ft), with a WSW wind at 4 gusting 10mph. Unfortunately the Summit AWS is unresponsive and needs to be removed to assess if it is fixable.

Aonach Mor Met Office Summit Run AWS ( a short distance above the Goose T-bar) was at -4.1°c with a SW wind at 32 gusting 63mph. Meanwhile in the East The Cairnwell AWS reported -2.4°c at 3061ft, with a Westerly wind at a mean of 31 gusting 44mph.

Get an early weather check with our webcams from around 6.40am.

:: Mountain Forecast Discussion
For Friday expecting around -4°c to -5°c at Munro Level to start the day, rising to around with -3°c. A largely if not completely dry day expected with light to moderate SE winds in the East becoming variable, light and variable in the West as Highland Scotland will fall into an area of slack pressure gradient between a low to the North and one to the South centered over England.

This latter feature could give a decent fall of snow to the Pennines and Lake District mountains with considerable drifting in much stronger winds than Highland Scotland, but there is quite a bit of uncertainty on snow amounts. However some models are now showing 15cm + for the Pennine club fields. Around -2°c for the club fields.

As on Friday Saturday looks to see generally light and variable winds for the Highland mountains, but wind will become NE wind at 15 gusting 30mph off the Moray Firth into the Northern Cairngorms which could bring in some light snow showers. Largely bright with sunny spells expected for the West Highlands and Southern Cairngorms. Minus 2 to -3°c at Munro Level, but a frost down into the glens overnight.

Exact wind direction of the onshore breezes will impact cloud cover and snow shower potential, which means detail or Sunday is uncertain. Slight lean towards SE winds which would bring snow showers into the SE Cairngorms and likely give the West Highlands another dry and bright day. Remaining around the -2 to -3°c mark at Munro Level by day. Generally light winds, but could be more blustery on and downslope of the Cairngorm Plateau areas with gusts to 35mph, similarly could be more gusty around the Nevis Range mountains if direction is SE.

Early indications have no real change for Monday, but potentially a small low moving around in the broader trough digging in to our West, could bring frontal snow into the West for Tuesday.

:: Webcams and Weather Stations
Lowther Hill: Leadhills village camera at the Hopetoun Arms is online 24 hours a day. Lowther Hill Summit webcam is online from about 9am to dusk, but may go offline earlier on dull days as it is off the grid.

GLENCOE: All webcams are online and the first updated images will be from round 6.30am for an early weather check.

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Glencoe // Mon 26 Feb 2024
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Spectacular views towards Ben Nevis on the crossover from the Main Basin to Happy Valley.
Glencoe // Sat 24 Feb 2024
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Looking up the Cliffhanger from the Cafe. Rannoch Button open giving the full on mountain vertical of 1400ft.
Glencoe // Fri 23 Feb 2024
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Snow starting to fall to base this evening. White Corries cafe open late Fri and Sat with DJs for the Glencoe Gathering.
Glencoe // Fri 16 Feb 2024
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Sun broke through early to give a fine dry Friday, but it all felt a bit too Spring like for mid-term!
Glencoe // Tue 13 Feb 2024
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Wall T-bar made its season debut today. Terrain for all ability levels now available with all Plateau runs skiable.
Northern Cairngorms Outlook
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Friday 1st March
FL: 1500ft.  Part Cloudy
914m: -3°c ESE 10 gust 20mph
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Saturday 2nd March
FL: 2000ft.  Light Snow
914m: -2°c NE 15 gust 30mph
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  19.24hrs Thu 29th Feb
West Highlands Outlook
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Friday 1st March
FL: 1500ft.  Sunny
914m: -3°c Little or No Wind.
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Saturday 2nd March
FL: 1500ft.  Part Cloudy
914m: -3°c Var. 10-20mph
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  19.23hrs Thu 29th Feb
Southern Cairngorms Outlook
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Friday 1st March
FL: 2000ft.  Part Cloudy
914m: -2°c Var. 10-15mph
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Saturday 2nd March
FL: 2000ft.  Part Cloudy
914m: -2°c ENE 10 gust 20mph
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  19.24hrs Thu 29th Feb
Lowther Hill Outlook
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Friday 1st March
FL: 2500ft.  Part Cloudy
725m: 1°c NE 20 gust 30mph
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Saturday 2nd March
FL: 2500ft.  Part Cloudy
725m: 0°c NE 10 gust 20mph
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  19.25hrs Thu 29th Feb


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