Latest snow forecast

Updated: 12.30pm Tuesday 1 December 2015

Weather fronts are still flirting with the north-eastern Alps today (notably Austria), otherwise most of the Alps are under the influence of a large area of high pressure centred to the west. This High will dominate the Alpine weather for the foreseeable future, with no return to winter expected for at least 7 to 10 days - possibly longer.

 

What we can expect, after today’s showers in the north-east, is lots of sunshine and very mild temperatures, particularly at altitude. As is the norm during settled weather at this time of year, it will often be warmer up the mountain than in the valley bottoms, especially under any lingering low cloud/fog. 

Detailed forecast:

Austria

The rest of Tuesday will be mostly cloudy and windy with occasional rain/snow, heaviest in the north (Tirol, Salzburgland, Upper Austria) with snow above 1600m or so. The south (Carinthia) will be mostly dry with sunny spells in places.

 

Wednesday will see any early cloud breaking up to leave most of the Austrian Alps with plenty of sunshine. It will be mild with freezing levels approaching or surpassing 3000m.

 

It will remain mild and mostly sunny on Thursday and Friday

Zell-am-See, Austria - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 1 December 2015 Raining in Zell-am-See today, but brighter weather is expected tomorrow - Photo: foto-webcam.eu

France

The rest of Tuesday will be dry with plenty of sunshine and freezing levels close to 3000m.

 

It will remain mostly sunny and very mild for the second half of the week (Wednesday to Friday), though it may turn cloudier for a time in the north on Friday

Méribel, France - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 1 December 2015 Glorious weather in Méribel today, as it will be for much of the week - Photo: meribel.com

Italy

The rest of Tuesday will be dry with plenty of sunshine, though some areas of cloud and the odd shower may affect central and eastern areas close to the borders. Freezing levels will range from 2500m in the far east, to well over 3000m in the far west.

 

Wednesday to Friday will be mostly sunny and very mild, with freezing levels again surpassing 3000m. 

Sestriere, Italy - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 1 December 2015 Sunny in the south-western Italian Alps, this is Sestriere - Photo: vialattea.it

Switzerland

The rest of Tuesday will see cloud and a few showers in the far north-eastern Alps (snow 1600m), otherwise most regions will be dry with plenty of sunshine, particularly in the south and west.

 

The rest of the week (Wednesday to Friday) will then be mostly sunny and very mild (freezing levels surpassing 3000m), though more in the way of cloud is possible in the north and west of Switzerland on Friday

Champéry, Switzerland - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 1 December 2015 Mostly sunny today in Champéry, in the Swiss Portes du Soleil - Photo: idelec.ch

Outlook:

The weather in the Alps will remain settled for the foreseeable future (possibly until mid-month), with some valley fog/low cloud, but plenty of sunshine and mild temperatures at altitude. 

Next detailed snow forecast will be on Friday 4 December 2015, but see Today in the Alps for daily updates