Latest snow forecast

Updated: 7pm Friday 6 November 2015

A huge area of high pressure is in charge of the Alps, and will continue to influence the weather for the next week at the very least.

 

This makes the forecast fairly straightforward, with plenty of sun and exceptionally mild temperatures in the mountains. Indeed, freezing levels are likely to exceed 4000m at times over the next few days, with temperatures in some of the lower Alpine valleys reaching 20°C or more.

 

There is some hope of a pattern change later this month, but it is still far too early to be sure that we will see a return to winter any time soon. 

Detailed forecast:

Austria

Saturday will be dry with variable cloud, but plenty of sunshine, especially in the southern and western Austrian Alps. It will continue very mild with freezing levels around 3600m.

 

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday will see virtually unbroken sunshine in the mountains, with freezing levels between 3500 and 4000m. 

Hintertux, Austria - Weather to ski - Snow forecast 6 November 2015 Plenty more blue skies like these across the Alps over the next few days. This was Hintertux today - Photo: facebook.com/hintertux.glacier

France

Saturday and Sunday will be dry, mostly sunny and exceptionally mild for the time of year, with freezing levels close to 4000m!

 

It should remain mostly fine on Monday, but more in the way of cloud is possible in the northern French Alps later in the day.

 

Unbroken sunshine is expected to return on Tuesday, with freezing levels close to or above 4000m!

Tignes, France - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 6 November 2015 Bluebird in Tignes today, with more to come over the next week - Photo: tignes.net

Italy

Saturday to Tuesday will be dry, mostly sunny and exceptionally mild for the time of year, with freezing levels between 3700m and 4300m!

GFS pressure chart via Météociel - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 6 November 2015 A "warm blooded high" is currently dominating the Alps - Image: meteociel.com

Switzerland

Saturday and Sunday will be dry, mostly sunny and warm with freezing levels close to 4000m!

 

It should remain mostly fine on Monday, but a little more cloud is likely close to the northern edge of the Swiss Alps later in the day.

 

Unbroken sunshine is expected to return on Tuesday, with freezing levels around or above 4000m!

Outlook:

High pressure looks like it will remain in charge of the Alps until 16/17 November at least. This means lots more sunshine and above average temperatures for all regions. 

 

After this, there are signs of a pattern change with the possibility of more wintry weather, but we are still too far away to be confident this will happen. Watch this space!

Next detailed snow forecast will be on Tuesday 10 November 2015, but see Today in the Alps for daily updates