Latest snow forecast

Updated: 3.40pm Tuesday 8 March 2016

It has been a snowy start to March, but the weather in the Alps is trying to settle down, with generally fewer flurries and more in the way of sunshine over the next few days.

 

After a cold start to the week, temperatures will begin to recover, but there is certainly no heatwave on the horizon, and they may even tumble again next week.

 

All this is great news for the quality of the snow. Yes, you may have to expect a little slush on some low/south facing slopes given the strength of the sun, but, generally speaking, most resorts should remain in excellent shape for some time to come... 

Detailed forecast:

Austria

The rest of Tuesday will be mostly cloudy with occasional snow flurries (500-800m), most frequent in the east. Some places will stay dry but there will be very little in the way of sunshine.

 

Wednesday will be a better weather day with some early cloud in the south, but generally quite a lot of sunshine and slightly milder temperatures (freezing levels 1300-1700m).

 

There will be little change on Thursday, with good sunny spells in most areas and temperatures similar to those of Wednesday.

 

On Friday the west should stay mostly bright, but cloud will increase in the eastern Alps (e.g. Obertauern), with one or two snow showers (600m) possible here later.

Lienz, Austria - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 8 March 2016 Cloudy with snow flurries in southern Austria today. This is Lienz - 8 March 2016 - Photo: lienzer-bergbahnen.at

France

The rest of Tuesday will see plenty of sunshine in the southern French Alps. Further north, cloud cover will be more variable with the odd flurry still possible here and there, especially close to the western foothills.

 

Wednesday will start sunny in most places, but cloud cover will increase from the west later with one or two light flurries (600m) possible in places on Wednesday night.

 

Thursday and Friday should be dry with good sunny spells, but there will be a noticeable breeze in exposed areas. Freezing levels will be around 1000-1500m. 

Tignes, France - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 8 March 2016 Variable cloud this afternoon in Tignes - 8 March 2016 - Photo: tignes.net

Italy

The rest of Tuesday will see plenty of sunshine in the western Italian Alps. Further east, there will be more in the way of cloud with scattered snow showers (800m), especially in the Dolomites.

 

Wednesday may again start cloudy in the far eastern Italian Alps, with a few flurries (800m). However, it will be sunnier further west and these clearer skies should extend to most parts later.

 

Thursday and Friday will be largely fine everywhere with freezing levels around 1000-1500m. 

Sestriere, Italy - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 8 March 2016 Sunny spells in Sestriere today - 8 March 2016 - Photo: vialattea.it

Switzerland

The rest of Tuesday will see scattered flurries to low altitude in the north and east, but more in the way of sunshine in the south.

 

Wednesday will be mostly fine with good sunny spells, but cloud will increase in the west later in the day, with a few light flurries (600m) possible overnight.

 

Thursday and Friday will see long sunny spells everywhere with freezing levels between 1000m and 1500m.  

Aletsch glacier, Switzerland - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 8 March 2016 Clearing skies over the Aletsch glacier in central Switzerland - 8 March 2016 - Photo: foto-webcam.eu

Outlook:

The weekend is shaping up to be mostly fine with good sunny spells in the west. However, the eastern Alps may be cloudier with a few flurries at times.

 

Temperatures will be close to normal for mid-March, but perhaps a little below in the east. 

Next detailed snow forecast will be on Friday 11 March 2016, but see Today in the Alps for daily updates