Latest snow forecast

Updated: 1.15pm Friday 13 November 2015

The weather in the Alps has been exceptionally warm this week, with freezing levels exceeding 4000m at times!

 

Temperatures have now dropped a little as the pattern begins to change, but it won’t be until the back end of next week (at the earliest) before there is any chance of widespread significant snowfall.

 

Given the timescale, some caution is obviously still needed, but, generally speaking, we are more optimistic about what the second half of November might bring to the table. 

Detailed forecast:

Austria

The rest of Friday will see plenty of brightness but cloud will thicken across the northern Austrian Alps later, with a little light rain expected tonight (snow above 1800m, then 1300m).

 

Saturday will see variable cloud and some light showers across the northern and especially north-eastern Austrian Alps (snow 1500m). Elsewhere it should be mostly dry with sunny spells, and the weather should improve more generally everywhere as the day progresses. It will be cooler than of late with freezing levels around 1700-2000m.

 

Sunday will be dry with sunny spells, the best of these in the west. Freezing levels will be around 2600m.

 

Monday is expected to be sunny and warmer again, with freezing levels around 3000m.

Mölltal, Austria - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 13 November 2015 View from the Mölltal glacier in Austria this morning - Photo: gletscher.co.at

France

The rest of Friday will be mostly sunny and still quite mild.

 

Saturday may see some high cloud at times across the northern Alps. However, some sun is also expected with the better weather, generally, the further south you are. It will be cooler than of late, but still relatively mild with freezing levels around 2700m.

 

Sunday and Monday will be fine with freezing levels reaching or surpassing 3000m again.

Chamrousse, France - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 13 November 2015 View towards Grenoble from Chamrousse - Photo: chamrousse.com

Italy

The rest of Friday will be mostly sunny and still relatively mild.

 

Saturday may see some high cloud at times, but sunny spells are also expected. It will be a little cooler than of late, but still mild with freezing levels between 2600m and 3300m.

 

Sunday will be mostly fine and quite warm again, with freezing levels generally around or above 3000m.   

Monterosa Ski, Italy - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 13 November 2015 Another gorgeous day in the Monterosa region - Photo: monterosa-ski.com

Switzerland

The rest of Friday will be mostly sunny, but with some high cloud moving into the north later in the day. Friday night may see a few light showers on the northern side of the eastern Swiss Alps, with a dusting of snow above 1800m, but nothing significant.

 

Early showers (a few flakes above 1500m) will die away from the north-eastern Swiss Alps on Saturday to leave most places with a dry day, with variable cloud and the best of any sunshine in the south and west. It will be cooler than of late with freezing levels between 2600m and 3000m.

 

Sunday and Monday will be mostly fine with freezing levels back up towards or even exceeding 3000m. 

Villars, Switzerland - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 13 November 2015 Looking north-west towards the Portes du Soleil from Villars - Photo: villars.ch

Outlook:

After a settled start to the week, a more mobile westerly airflow will bring some showers to many northern and western parts of the Alps mid-week (with a little snow at high altitude).

 

However, it is towards next weekend that things look more interesting, with the chance of some more widespread snow (to be confirmed). 

Next detailed snow forecast will be on Tuesday 17 November 2015, but see Today in the Alps for daily updates