Latest snow forecast

Updated: 7.45pm Friday 8 January 2016

It’s an extremely messy weather picture in the Alps over the next few days, with lots of rain, snow and wind but relatively little in the way of sunshine. Freezing levels will also be all over the place, but generally speaking, after a relatively mild weekend, it will turn colder next week with snow to increasingly low altitudes.

 

Expect some serious snowfall totals at altitude in the western Alps over the coming days, with some useful snow in some other parts of the Alps too. The flip side, however, is that skiing conditions will often be challenging (high winds, poor visibility, rain lower down) and avalanche danger may become critical in places.

 

Stay tuned to our daily updates in Today in the Alps, as the weather models are highly volatile right now and the detail is likely to change…

Detailed forecast:

Austria

Saturday will be mostly cloudy with some showery precipitation in the west (snow 1300-1700m), spreading east later in the day. Some parts of the far south may stay dry.

 

It will remain mostly cloudy on Sunday, with further showers in places and a rain/snow limit lowering to 1000-1200m.

 

Monday may start dry in the east, but further rain/snow will reach all parts later. It may turn temporarily milder again, with the rain/snow limit near 1600m in places, before it descends towards 1000m later in the day. 

Tux valley, Austria - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 8 January 2016 Cloudy over the Tux valley in Austria today, as it was across most of the Alps - Photo: foto-webcam.eu

France

Saturday will be mostly cloudy with frequent showers early in the day, especially in the north, with snow above 1600-1800m. The far south could see some drier, brighter interludes at times.

 

There will be little change on Sunday, except that it will be a little cooler with showers falling as snow above 1200-1400m.

 

A new storm will arrive on Monday, with snow above 1800m at first, dropping to 1000m as colder air digs in from the north later. The far south will again miss the heaviest of the precipitation. Elsewhere, expect significant quantities of snow at altitude. 

Tignes, France - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 8 January 2016 Plenty of snow in Tignes Les Boisses, but it has now turned milder - Photo: tignes.net

Italy

Saturday will be mostly cloudy with showers. These will be mostly light, but perhaps heavier at times (with snow above 1400-1800m) in the north-western Aosta valley, as well as the eastern Lombardy/Trentino region.

 

It will stay mostly cloudy on Sunday with further showers, probably heaviest close to the French border, with snow down to 1000-1200m.

 

Monday will remain unsettled, with further showers or longer spells of rain/snow. It will briefly turn warmer, with the rain/snow limit rising to 1600m in places, before it becomes colder again later in the day. 

Sestriere, Italy - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 8 January 2016 Looking stormy over Sestriere this afternoon, with precious little sun expected over the next few days - Photo: vialattea.it

Switzerland

Saturday will see showers or longer spells of rain/snow (1300-1700m), heaviest in the west.

 

There will be further showers on Sunday, when temperatures will drop, with snow falling to 1000-1200m.

 

A new storm will bring further heavy precipitation on Monday, with the rain/snow limit rising temporarily to 1700m in places, before falling back towards 1000m later as colder air digs in. 

Lenk, Switzerland - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 8 January 2016 Raining today in Lenk, Switzerland - Photo: lenk-bergbahnen.ch

Outlook:

Next week looks very unsettled with significant snow in parts of the Alps, especially early and later in the week, with (perhaps) a drier spell in the middle.

 

However, the forecasts are very volatile at the moment, and the detail is likely to change…

Next detailed snow forecast will be on Tuesday 12 January 2016, but see Today in the Alps for daily updates