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Snowdon walk

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Hiking Weather

10 Day Forecast for Snowdon

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Largely dry and cold tonight with a widespread frost.

This Evening and Tonight:

A few showers possible in the south this evening, but these tending to fade overnight. Cloud will break up allowing a frost to form. Some patchy mist and fog may also develop by dawn. Minimum Temperature -2C.

Thursday:

A fine day on Thursday with plenty of sunny spells and light winds. Temperatures will be close to normal for late February. Maximum Temperature 7C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Dry, cold and bright on Friday. Turning sunnier but progressively colder through the weekend with an easterly wind, making it feel very cold. Widespread frost developing overnight.

Day 6 to 15

It will be turning much colder next week. Monday and Tuesday will be mainly dry with sunny spells, but snow showers will develop across some eastern and southern areas, where fresh winds will make it feel bitterly cold. Through the rest of the week it will remain cold with an increased risk of ice, frost and snow showers. These will be heaviest and most frequent in central and eastern areas, and some spells of more prolonged snow are possible at times, particularly in the east and across southern England. The cold weather will continue into early March, with the northwest seeing the best of any brighter weather, and here it may be less cold at times, although brisk winds will continue to bring a marked wind chill.

Day 16 to 30

At the start of this period it is likely to be very cold across the UK, with widespread frost and brisk easterly winds from Continental Europe, making it feel raw. This will continue to bring the risk of significant snow across some southern, eastern and central parts of the UK, whereas towards the north and west it will be drier. As we head through the middle of March, there is a lot of uncertainty in the forecast, but it may start to turn more unsettled and less cold with the wettest and mildest weather spreading in from the southwest. In contrast, northern and eastern areas could remain colder well into March.

Met Office : WL : 2018-02-21T15:50:16

Issued: 1800 on 2018-02-21 for Snowdonia

Today

Dry, cold with long clear or sunny spells. Freshening southeasterly winds.

Summary Dry and clear overnight. A fine dry day then follows with almost unbroken sunshine through the morning. Cloud increases a little through the afternoon, especially across southern and eastern fells. Little change through the evening.
Chance of Cloud free tops Close to 100% through much of the day with just small amounts of cloud below summit level, although across eastern hills chances fall to around 75% for the afternoon and evening with occasional cloud above 750m. During the evening chances across eastern hill fall further with periods of cloud around 450m developing.
Ground conditions Area - Snowdon Date - 21 February 2018 Time - 13.00pm Snow Above - 700m Report By - Warden Wyddfa Route Taken PyG and Miners Conditions Isolated stretches of snow. Streams and wet areas are frozen. Thawing snow has frozen. Depth of snow increases with altitude. Snow drifts in areas. Kit Advice The following is a list of additional kit required based on the current conditions. Ice axe and crampons essential. Wear crampon compatible boots. Walking poles for unconsolidated snow. Take waterproofs, hat, gloves and spare warm layers.
Visibility Good or very good with distant hills rather hazy.
Severe Chill Effect: Low likelihood
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Weather Clear night Clear night Sunny Sunny Sunny intervals Sunny
Rain 00% 00% 00% 00% 00% 00%
Temp (tops) -2 -3 -2 -3 -2 -2
Wind (tops) 13 11 9 11 12 11
Freezing Level 700m 500m 400m 300m 400m 400m
Day 1

Another cold, fine and mostly dry day with some long spells of sunshine, especially across northern and western hills. Cloudier at times across the east with perhaps a few snow flurries.

Ice 300m or less
Visibility Good or very good, perhaps falling to several kilometres in snow flurries.
Wind Southeasterly 15-20mph, with gusts 35mph, occasionally 25mph, gust 40mph later over ridges and summits giving a significant chill effect.
Temp Around minus 4 Celsius (at high level)
Day 2

Remaining cold and mostly dry with long clear or sunny spells, cloudier at times across eastern hills. Occasionally strong easterly winds. Freezing level 300m or less.

Day 3

Dry with long clear or sunny spells. Strong easterly winds. Freezing level 300m or less.

Day 4

Generally cloudier, still some clear or sunny spells in west, with outbreaks of mainly light snow. Strong easterly winds. Freezing level 300m or less.

Data: Met Office