Latest snow forecast

Updated: 1.20pm Tuesday 22 December 2015

The weather in the Alps remains very mild with no sign of a return to winter any time soon. In fact, it seems likely that most, if not all of Alps, will see its mildest December on record!

 

As you would expect in fine weather at this time of year, the temperatures are often higher up the mountain than down in the valley bottoms. Indeed, we could see +7°C at 2500m in some parts of the Alps today, with freezing levels surpassing 3500m.

 

These exceptionally high freezing levels will come down a bit tomorrow, but are likely to creep back up towards 3000m this weekend... 

Detailed forecast:

Austria

The rest of Tuesday will be mostly fine (above any valley fog patches), with freezing levels close to 3500m.

 

It will turn a little cooler but remain mostly sunny on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with freezing levels between 2400 and 2700m. 

Schröcken, Austria - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 22 December 2015 Bluebird today in Schröcken in the Austrian Vorarlberg - Photo: warth-schroecken.com

France

The rest of Tuesday will be mostly sunny (above any valley mist or fog patches), with freezing levels close to or above 3500m.

 

Wednesday will again be mostly fine, but with the chance of some high cloud in the far west later. It will be a little cooler with freezing levels between 2300m and 2700m.

 

Thursday will see variable cloud, sunny spells and little change in temperature.

 

Friday will again be mostly fine, but with the risk of some cloud circulating across northern regions at times.

Tignes, France - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 22 December 2015 Another spring-like day in Tignes - Photo: tignes.net

Italy

The rest of Tuesday will be mostly sunny, with freezing levels close to 3500m.

 

It will remain fine on Wednesday, but with freezing levels closer to 2500m.

 

Thursday will see more variable cloud, with even the odd very light shower here and there (snow 2000m), but most places will stay dry with some sunshine and freezing levels close to 2400m.

 

Friday should be sunny across the board with little change in temperature. 

Kronplatz, Italy - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 22 December 2015 Still no snow on the horizon in Kronplatz - Photo: foto-webcam.eu

Switzerland

The rest of Tuesday will generally be sunny (above any valley mist or fog patches), with freezing levels close to or above 3500m.

 

Wednesday will continue fine but with the chance of some high cloud moving into the north and west later.  It will be a little cooler with freezing levels between 2300m and 2600m.

 

Thursday will see variable cloud, with the best of any sunshine in the south and east.

 

Friday will again be mostly fine, but with the risk of some cloud circulating across northern regions at times. Freezing levels will remain close to 2500m. 

Anzère, Switzerland - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 22 December 2015 View across the Rhône valley from Anzère - Photo: anzere.ch

Outlook:

The weather in the Alps will remain mild and mostly dry for some time after Christmas.

 

There is the chance of a pattern change towards the New Year, but it is still far too early to be talking about a return to winter. Watch this space…

Next detailed snow forecast will be on Tuesday 29 December 2015, but see Today in the Alps for daily updates