Latest snow forecast

Updated: 1.45pm Friday 22 January 2016

The weather in the Alps is turning milder.

 

After today’s sunshine, this weekend will see more variable cloud cover, with a little snow in places, heaviest at altitude and in the Austrian Alps. Most places, however, will not see any significant precipitation, and the southern Alps will again stay mostly dry. 

 

The mild weather looks set to continue all of next week. The southern Alps will again remain mostly dry with plenty of sunshine. However, the northern Alps may be cloudier with showers at times, giving a little snow at altitude, but also some rain low down. Some drier and sunnier interludes are also expected. 

Detailed forecast:

Austria

The rest of Friday will be sunny with freezing levels close to 1400m.

 

Saturday will be cloudier, with showers (snow 900-1200m) dying out in the west later. The far south (Carinthia) should stay mostly dry.

 

Sunday will be mostly dry with variable cloud and some sunny intervals. It will be mild with freezing levels close to 2000m.

 

It will remain mostly dry with further sunny spells on Monday, when temperatures will continue to rise with freezing levels close to 2500m. 

St Veit im Defereggental, Austria - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 22 January 2016 Wall to wall sunshine across the Austrian ski resorts today. This is St Veit im Defereggental - Photo: foto-webcam.eu

France

The rest of Friday will be mostly fine, but high cloud will increase in the northern Alps later. It will feel relatively mild at altitude with freezing levels close to 2000m. A few showers are likely overnight, mostly in the northern Alps with snow above 1500m, but not amounting to very much.

 

Saturday may start cloudy but it should brighten up with good sunny spells everywhere by the afternoon. It will turn milder with freezing levels close to 2500m later in the day.

 

Sunday and Monday will be dry with some hazy sunshine and very mild temperatures (freezing levels close to 3000m). 

La Rosière, France - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 22 January 2016 Mostly sunny today in La Rosière, but a few light snow flurries are possible overnight - Photo: winter.larosiere.net

Italy

The rest of Friday will be sunny with freezing levels close to 2000m in the far west, lower in the east.

 

On Saturday the western Alps may see some early cloud and a few flakes of snow close to the border regions, but it will soon brighten up with a mostly sunny afternoon expected (freezing levels reaching 2500m later). The central and eastern Italian Alps will be cooler, with more in the way of cloud, and the potential odd light snow flurry. Some sunshine is also possible, especially the further west you are later in the day.

 

Sunday and Monday will be fine, with good spells of sunshine and freezing levels close to 3000m in the west. 

Cervinia, Italy - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 22 January 2016 Sunny again today in Cervinia, with very little new snow expected in the next few days - Photo: cervinia.it

Switzerland

The rest of Friday will be mostly sunny with just a little high cloud in the north and west later. Freezing levels will range from about 1500m in the east to 2500m in the west. Some showers will reach the western Swiss Alps in the evening, spreading east overnight (snow 1500m). The far south should stay dry.

 

Saturday will start cloudy with a few showers (snow 1000-1400m), lingering for a while in the north-eastern Swiss Alps but quickly dying out further west, where sunny spells are expected to develop. The south should again stay mostly dry and bright all day.

 

Sunday and Monday should be dry with plenty of sunshine, though perhaps rather hazy at times. It will also be very mild, with freezing levels close to 3000m in the west. 

Hasliberg, Switzerland - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 22 January 2016 Beautiful today in Hasliberg, but light snow flurries are expected overnight - Photo: meiringen-hasliberg.ch

Outlook:

It will remain on the mild side all of next week. The southern Alps should be mostly dry with sunny spells but the weather will be more variable on the northern side of the Alps, with a little rain or snow in places. 

Next detailed snow forecast will be on Tuesday 26 January 2016, but see Today in the Alps for daily updates