Today in the Alps...
Updated: 10.05am Thursday 6 March 2014 - Spring is on our doorstep
There is still some cloud in parts of the eastern Alps this morning, particularly in Austria, where one or two light snow flurries are possible for a time. Just about everywhere else it is fine with almost unbroken sunshine in the western Alps.
This lovely spring weather will extend to all parts later today (or tomorrow at the latest) and continue for some time to come - perhaps even all next week. A freeze- thaw cycle will quickly develop with hard or icy conditions in the morning turning softer or even slushy as the day progresses. The snow will turn to slush quickest on low south-facing slopes, and will stay grippiest longest on high north-facing slopes. Watch out for an increased avalanche risk in the afternoons.
Updated: 7.55am Wednesday 5 March 2014 - Some snow for Austria, otherwise mostly fine
Some snow showers are expected in Austria today, mostly in the north, but they won’t be as heavy as once hoped. Elsewhere in the Alps it is mostly fine with plenty of sunshine, particularly in the south and west.
The weather is settling down now and, following the last of the showers across the north-eastern Alps today, everywhere can expect several days of sunny and increasingly warm weather. For many places this will be the first really lengthy spell of fine weather since December.
On the whole conditions remain very good across the Alps –particularly in the south and west where the bulk of the recent snow has fallen. However, snow depths are still very modest across much of Austria (away from the far south), with today’s snow showers doing little to change the overall situation here.
With the increasingly stable weather over the next few days expect spring snow conditions to develop. This means hard or icy snow first thing in the morning turning soft or slushy later in the day – at least lower down and/or on slopes exposed to the sun. Many higher north-facing slopes should stay reasonably grippy for now.
Updated: 9.30am Tuesday 4 March 2014 - Further snow in places, particularly the south-western Italian Alps
More snow has been falling over the last 24 hours, most of it in the southern and western Alps with little or nothing in the north-east (including most of Austria). The heaviest of the recent snow has been in the western Italian Alps including Monterosa (Champoluc, Gressoney, Alagna) and the Milky Way (Sestriere, Sauze d’Oulx).
This morning it is still hammering it down in the south-western Italian Alps (see Sestriere pictured). Elsewhere in the Alps there is variable cloud, some brightness and a scattering of flurries. Over the next day or two, snow showers will gradually transfer towards the north-eastern Alps before dying away. By the end of the week all areas look like they will be enjoying some fine spring weather, which will last through the weekend.
Updated: 9.20am Monday 3 March 2014 - Snowing again in the west
It is snowing across many western Alpine resorts this morning and this snow will move erratically eastwards as the day wears on. However, much of Austria (away from the far west) and the Dolomites will see little if any snow.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the heaviest snow moves further north and east with the prospect of some significant falls for the resorts of northern Austria where it is most needed. However, by the end of the week the weather will have settled down again with a real taste of spring for most.
Updated: 9.45am Sunday 2 March 2014 - A little snow still in the east
It’s still snowing in some eastern parts of Alps this morning, remnants of the storm that brought over 1 metre of snow to some Italian resorts yesterday (e.g. Alagna in the Monterosa region).
Elsewhere it’s generally drier, but low cloud is plaguing much of the north and west. The best of the sunshine this morning is in the southern French and western Italian Alps. Next week further snow will affect many parts of the Alps for a time before it turns warm and sunny later.
Updated: 8.40am Saturday 1 March 2014 - More snow, mostly in the south
There has been further snow in the last 24 hours, heaviest in the west and south (30-50cm on the slopes of Cervinia, for example). Once again, however, little or snow has got through to the north-east including most of Austria. Their turn will come next week we think.
Back to today and further snow will fall across the southern Alps, especially Italy, but also spilling over into parts of central and southern Switzerland. Elsewhere, flurries will be lighter and more scattered. After something of a reprieve tomorrow, further snow storms are lining up for the start of next week. This time even northern Austria should get in on the action, particularly mid-week.
Updated: 9.30am Friday 28 February 2014 - Next storm rolls into the west
There was further snow in places last night, mostly in the north-western Alps where there were a few surprises - 20cm in higher parts of the Portes du Soleil, for example, was more than we expected.
Today, further snow will move into the western Alps where another 15-30cm can be expected quite widely over the next 24 hours. Once again though, the eastern Alps, particularly Austria will miss most of the action. Tomorrow (Saturday) the heaviest snow will transfer to the Italian Dolomites. Check out our detailed snow forecast later today.
Updated: 9.15am Thursday 27 February 2014 - Temporary reprieve between storms!
Conditions are fabulous across the western Alps this morning with fresh snow (in varying degrees) and largely sunny skies – at least at altitude.
The heaviest of the snow in the last 24 hours has been across the French Alps, with 30cm or more falling in one or two favoured spots (e.g. Serre Chevalier). Once again, however, little or no snow made it through to the eastern Alps, particularly Austria.
Today, many places will start bright but cloud will increase in the west later with a further spell of (mostly light) snow tonight. A more potent storm is forecast later on Friday with the heaviest snow again expected across the French Alps.