Latest snow forecast

Updated: 6.20pm Tuesday 24 November 2015

The weather will remain relatively cold and unsettled over the next few days, with further snow at times, heaviest (again) in the north-western half of the Alps. By contrast, the whole of next week looks dry, and increasingly mild, especially at altitude.

 

Before the weather settles down, however, we have two more opportunities for snow in the current storm cycle. The first snow will arrive in the north-western Alps tonight, and hang around for much of Wednesday, before clearing off eastwards on Thursday.

 

Then, after a mostly fine Friday, a second series of weather fronts will arrive from the north-west in time for the weekend. Neither storm will be as potent as the one we saw last weekend, but there will be further useful falls of snow in places, heaviest in the northern French Alps (e.g. Portes du Soleil), and northern and western Swiss Alps (e.g. Engelberg), where it will fall to relatively low levels. 

Detailed forecast:

Austria

Wednesday will see occasional snow (500-900m) in the west (e.g. Lech, St Anton). This will also spread slowly east, but the heaviest falls will always be in the Vorarlberg/west Tirol.

 

It will remain mostly cloudy with further snow showers (400-700m) on Thursday, these mostly in the west and north (Vorarlberg, Tirol, Salzburgland, Upper Austria), with the best of any brightness in the far south (Carinthia, Osttirol).

 

Friday will see the last of any snow flurries die away from the far eastern Alps, then most areas will be dry with variable cloud and sunny spells. It will remain cold with freezing levels around 900m. 

Kaprun, Austria – Weather to ski – Snow forecast, 24 November 2015 Moon rising in a clear sky above Kaprun in Austria - Photo: foto-webcam.eu

France

Wednesday will be mostly cloudy with occasional snow (400-700m) heaviest in the north (e.g. Avoriaz). The southern French Alps will see less precipitation, and the far south may even stay completely dry.

 

Thursday should be drier, but perhaps rather cloudy at first before it brightens up during the day.

 

Friday should be mostly fine but will feel chilly, with freezing levels close to or a little over 1000m. 

Les Gets – Weather to ski – Snow forecast, 24 November 2015 Dusk in Les Gets - Photo: lesgets.com

Italy

Wednesday will see variable cloud and occasional, mostly light snow showers (500-800m) here and there, mostly close to the border areas. However, many places will stay dry, with the best of any brightness in the far south-west.

 

On Thursday a few light flurries are still possible along the border areas in the east, but most places will be dry, if rather cold, with some sunny spells.

 

Friday should be mostly fine, but still quite cold with plenty of sunshine. 

Cervinia, Italy – Weather to ski – Snow forecast, 24 November 2015 Wind ravaged slopes in Cervinia - Photo: cervinia.it

Switzerland

Wednesday will be mostly cloudy with snow at times (400-700m), heaviest in the west and north (e.g. Morgins, Engelberg), while some south-eastern areas see very little.

 

Thursday will see further snow showers (500m) in the northern and eastern Alps (e.g. Engelberg, Flumserberg), with the best of any brightness in the west and south (e.g. Zermatt, Verbier).

 

Friday should be mostly fine, if still rather cold. 

Rothenthurn, Switzerland – Weather to ski – Snow forecast, 24 November 2015 Cloud moving in ahead of tonight’s weather front in northern Switzerland - Photo: rothenthurm-tourismus.ch

Outlook:

Further snow is expected at the weekend, again mostly in the north and west, before the weather settles down for an extended period next week. 

Next detailed snow forecast will be on Friday 27 November 2015, but see Today in the Alps for daily updates