13-Aug-10 • Andrew Murphy


13-Aug-10 • Andrew Murphy


13-Aug-10 • Andrew Murphy


13-Aug-10 • Andrew Murphy


13-Aug-10 • Andrew Murphy


13-Aug-10 • Andrew Murphy

Snowdon walk

A beginners guide to safely climbing the highest mountain in England and Wales.

Hiking Weather

10 Day Forecast for Snowdon


Cold with sunny spells and scattered showers.


Frost and ice at first, especially in the east. Otherwise a fine and cold day for many with sunny spells and scattered showers, these heavy in places, but generally becoming confined to West Wales. Lighter winds than on Tuesday. Maximum Temperature 6C.


Cloud will thicken through the evening and overnight bringing outbreaks of rain, and some hill snow. As temperatures fall away frost and ice will form in places. Minimum Temperature -1C.


Some brightness in the east, otherwise a largely cloudy day with outbreaks of rain and drizzle slowly spreading in from the west. Becoming less cold in the far west later. Maximum Temperature 8C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Cloudy, damp and breezy on Friday, but slightly milder. Wet and windy weather on Saturday, clearing southwards to leave a cold and windy day on Sunday with sunshine and showers.

Day 6 to 15

Sunday will be cold with a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers. The showers will arrive on a strong northerly wind, which will ease as the day progresses, and bring some snowfall over exposed northern hills. The snow may reach lower levels later in the day, especially across the northern half of the UK. Thereafter, the final few days of January and early February are likely to remain rather unsettled with brisk winds, outbreaks of rain and hill snow, as well as some showery interludes in between. It will remain cold for most with widespread overnight frosts as well as the risk of ice. Snow remains a possibility to lower levels, particularly in the north.

Day 16 to 30

The weather will continue to be mixed through early February with a continuation of the generally cold conditions. This will bring spells of rain and hill snow, interspersed by showery interludes, with a continued risk of snow to lower levels, especially in the north. As we head through February there is an increased chance of seeing very cold conditions developing with a greater probability of northerly or easterly winds. This will bring an increased risk of snow to all areas and more widespread frosts. In this scenario the driest conditions will be across the northwest, whilst the south could see wetter and occasionally milder spells, and these will bring a risk of some significant snow, but only if very cold air becomes established across much of the UK.

Met Office : WL : 2019-01-23T02:00:24

Issued: 0600 on 2019-01-23 for Snowdonia


Sunshine and snow showers, these becoming lighter and less frequent. Still feeling cold despite some light winds.

Summary Some residual snow showers, these becoming less frequent and generally confined to northern and western parts of the park in the afternoon, with longer spells of crisp sunshine. Snow level rising to around 300m. More in the way of sunshine elsewhere, the showers expected to die out in the evening though high cloud will filter in from the west. Still occasional blizzard conditions at height with showers and a severe chill.
Chance of Cloud free tops Around 30% overnight with often broken cloud down to 450m. Chance improving to between 30 and 60% in the morning, with more scattered cloud between 500 and 700m. Better chance in the afternoon and evening, especially in the south and east, around 80% with the tops cloud free at times.
Ground conditions No recent ground conditions report available. For archived reports see -
Visibility Good, but poor in showers.
Blizzards: Medium Likelihood
Heavy Snow: Low Likelihood
Gales: Low Likelihood
Severe Chill Effect: Medium Likelihood
Poor Visibility: Medium Likelihood
Thunderstorms: Low Likelihood
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Weather Light snow showers (night) Light snow showers Light snow showers Light snow showers Light snow showers Light snow
Rain 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 20%
Temp (tops) -3 -3 -3 -3 -3 -2
Wind (tops) 28 21 17 13 14 15
Freezing Level 300m 300m 400m 500m 500m 600m
Day 1

Cloud expected to continue to thicken overnight and there could be some snow flurries. Then a mainly cloudy start to Thursday and cloud will continue to thicken and lower from the west. Still risk of some snow flurries on the tops in the morning but turning to rain, with rain at times in the afternoon, though mostly dry over eastern hills until dusk. Murky with prolonged though light rain or drizzle during the evening.

Ice 500m rising to 1000m in the morning then well above the tops in the afternoon
Visibility Good or very good, becoming moderate or poor in the afternoon and evening.
Wind West-northwesterly 20 gust 25mph, becoming south-southwesterly 25 gust 30mph later
Temp Minus 1 Celsius, gradually rising, reaching plus 5 Celsius in the afternoon (at high level)
Day 2

A mostly cloudy day with ran at times and rather extensive hill fog, especially over western slopes. Northwest winds turning westerly and increasing with gales on summits in afternoon. Mild with freezing level well above the tops

Day 3

Heavy rain at first, but clearing in the morning then drier and brighter with scattered showers in the afternoon, these wintry over the tops later. Turning increasingly windy during the evening. Freezing level above the tops at first, gradually falling to 700m

Day 4

Bright spells, especially in south and east but with blustery showers, some heavy with hail and possibly thunder and most of snow, though showers becoming well scattered in the afternoon. Strong occasionally gale force northwesterly winds over the tops, but risk of severe gale northerly winds later. Freezing level 400m by the morning, then falling to 200m

Data: Met Office