Latest snow forecast

Updated: 3.15pm Tuesday 19 January 2016

Cold air still has a hold over the Alps, but will slowly loosen its grip as the week progresses.

 

A few more flurries of snow are expected across some northern parts of the Alps in the next day or two, but snowfall totals will be modest and many places will stay dry.

 

The best of the sunshine this week will again be across the southern Alps, but with temperatures still on the low side, conditions will remain favourable for snow-making.

 

Further showers are possible in some parts of the Alps over the weekend, but there is still a lot of uncertainty over the detail. One thing for sure, though, is that it will feel milder, especially at altitude. 

Detailed forecast:

Austria

The rest of Tuesday will be cold with variable cloud. Many places will stay dry, but some snow showers in the far west will move a little bit further east this evening and overnight. The far south will stay mostly dry.

 

Wednesday will remain cold with further snow flurries for some northern western parts. The best of any sunshine will again be in the south.

 

Thursday will see some snow flurries linger on the north-eastern side of the Austrian Alps, otherwise many places will be dry with sunny spells. It will still feel cold, however.

 

Friday is expected to be cold but sunny. 

Tux valley, Austria - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 19 January 2016 Variable cloud across the Hintertux valley today - Photo: foto-webcam.eu

France

The rest of Tuesday will be cold and mostly cloudy, with the occasional light snow flurry. The best of any sunshine will be in the southern Alps, especially the far south.

 

Tuesday night will see further flurries in places, but not generally amounting to very much.

 

On Wednesday it may start cloudy with the odd flurry here and there. However, sunnier skies are expected to spread to all areas during the course of the day. It will remain on the cold side.

 

Thursday should be mostly sunny and turning a little milder, at least by day. 

Les Orres, France - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 19 January 2016 Sunny skies in the southern French Alps today. This is Les Orres - Photo: lesorres.com

Italy

The rest of today (Tuesday) will be cold and mostly dry, with variable cloud but some good spells of sunshine in most places.

 

It will remain cold on Wednesday with long spells of sunshine and just a little cloud here and there.

 

Thursday and Friday will also be mostly fine with day time temperatures creeping up a little. 

Antagnod, Italy - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 19 January 2016 Fine again on the Italian side of the Alps today, as it will be for much of the week. This is Antagnod - Photo: monterosa-ski.com

Switzerland

The rest of Tuesday will be mostly cloudy in the northern and western Swiss Alps, with occasional light snow flurries. The south will see more in the way of sunshine, but it will feel cold everywhere.

 

It will remain cold on Wednesday with further snow flurries in some northern and eastern parts of the Swiss Alps. Elsewhere any cloud should break up to allow some good spells of sunshine.

 

Thursday and Friday will be mostly sunny and turning a little milder, at least by day. 

Flumserberg, Switzerland - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 19 January 2016 Cloudy in the north-eastern Swiss Alps today, with occasional light snow flurries. This is Flumserberg - Photo: flumserberg.ch

Outlook:

The outlook for the weekend is very uncertain. It is likely to turn milder, but there could also be some showers in places. That said, no significant new snow is expected and there will also be plenty of drier, brighter weather around.

Next detailed snow forecast will be on Friday 22 January 2016, but see Today in the Alps for daily updates