Latest snow forecast

Updated: 2pm Tuesday 15 November 2016

High pressure is in charge of the weather in the Alps right now. However, it won’t be strong enough to prevent weather fronts from flirting with northern parts of the Alps tomorrow (Wednesday).

 

A more general deterioration in the weather is then expected from the south-west later in the week, with the chance of some significant snow in places, especially later on Friday and on Saturday. As for temperatures, it will be mild in the short term, before turning colder from the west later on Friday and on Saturday.

 

Looking even further ahead and it looks like the milder weather will win out again next week with an increasingly strong Foehn wind, which will melt some of the lower lying snow on the northern side of the Alps. 

Detailed forecast:

Austria

Wednesday will see lots of cloud in the northern and western Austrian Alps where some rain is expected, especially later (snow-line rising to 2000m+). The southern Austrian Alps will stay mostly dry with variable cloud.

 

Thursday and Friday will be mostly dry with variable cloud and sunny spells. It will also feel quite mild, with freezing levels close to 2500m. 

Kitzbühel, Austria – Weather to ski – Snow forecast, 15 November 2016 Early valley mist this morning at Pass Thurn near Kitzbühel - 15 November 2016 - Photo: foto-webcam.eu

France

Wednesday will be mostly dry with the best of the sunshine in the southern Alps. Further north cloud amounts will increase, with just the outside chance of a light shower in the far north later. It will be mild with freezing levels around or above 2600m.

 

Thursday will again be mild and mostly dry with variable cloud and sunny spells.

 

Friday will be cloudier with scattered showers, more frequent later in the day, with a rain/snow limit between 1500m and 1800m. 

Courchevel, France – Weather to ski – Snow forecast, 15 November 2016 View from Saulire towards Courchevel today - 15 November 2016 - Photo: courchevel.com

Italy

Wednesday and Thursday will be mostly dry with variable cloud and just the odd scattered shower. It will be mild at first with freezing levels around or above 2500m, dropping a little on Thursday.

 

Friday will be cloudier with showers, these being heaviest in the west later in the day, with a rain/snow limit around 1400-1800m. 

Kronplatz, Italy – Weather to ski – Snow forecast, 15 November 2016 Glorious weather in the northern Dolomites this afternoon. This is Kronplatz - 15 November 2016 - Photo: kronplatz.it

Switzerland

Wednesday will be mostly dry with variable cloud and the best of any sunshine in the southern Swiss Alps. Further north, cloud will increase, with the chance of some rain at times (rain/snow limit rising to 2200m).

 

On Thursday, except for the odd shower in the far north, most places will be dry with variable cloud and relatively mild temperatures.

 

Friday will see rain/snow move in from the west, though some eastern areas will stay dry until evening. The rain/snow limit will be around 1500-1800m. 

St Moritz, Switzerland – Weather to ski – Snow forecast, 15 November 2016 Sunshine and snow at Silvaplana near St Moritz - 15 November 2016 - Photo: mobotix.ch

Outlook:

Saturday will be mostly cloudy with the chance of snow in many regions, initially only over 2000m in some eastern parts, but much lower in the west and lowering more generally later.

 

The weather should improve in most parts on Sunday, at least temporarily. 

Next detailed snow forecast will be on Friday 18 November 2016, but see Today in the Alps for daily updates and where is currently open in the Alps