Latest snow forecast

Updated: 1.30pm Friday 27 November 2015

After a mostly sunny Friday, the weather will turn more unsettled across the Alps this weekend, before settling down for a more extended period of fine, but increasingly warm weather next week.

 

This weekend’s snowfalls will again be mostly confined to the northern half of the Alps, but will be much more modest than we have seen recently, with little more than 5-10cm generally, perhaps 15-20cm in some favoured parts of the Swiss and western Austrian Alps. 

Detailed forecast:

Austria

The rest of Friday will be mostly sunny but cold, with freezing levels between 600m and 1000m.

 

Saturday will start dry and bright in many places, but snow showers (400m) in the far west (Vorarlberg) will spread erratically eastwards during the day to affect other northern parts of the Austrian Alps (Tirol, Salzburgland). The far south, notably Carinthia, should stay mostly dry.

 

It will continue unsettled on Sunday, with further mostly light showers across the northern half of the Austrian Alps. It will turn milder though with the rain/snow limit rising to 800-1100m.

 

It will become more settled and milder still on Monday

Damüls, Austria - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 27 November 2015 Perfect weather in western Austria this afternoon. This is Damüls - Photo: damuels.at

France

The rest of Friday will be mostly sunny with freezing levels typically around 1000-1400m.

 

Saturday will be cloudier with occasional showers and a little snow above 600-800m, mostly in the northern Alps. The southern Alps will see little if any precipitation.

 

Sunday will remain mostly cloudy with further mostly light showers. It will become milder though, with the rain/snow limit rising to 1300m or higher. The southern Alps will again be mostly dry with some sunny spells.

 

Monday will be mostly sunny and very mild, with freezing levels reaching or surpassing 3000m. 

Les Carroz, France - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 27 November 2015 Sunny in the northern French Alps today, but it will be cloudier this weekend. This is Les Carroz - Photo: winter.grand-massif.com

Italy

The rest of Friday will be mostly sunny with freezing levels typically around 1000-1300m.

 

Saturday will see more in the way of cloud, but also some sunny spells at times. Most places will stay dry, but a few light showers are possible close to the border areas, especially in the far north-west (Aosta) with snow above 800m.

 

The weather will be similar on Sunday, with variable cloud and just the chance of the odd shower close to the border areas. It will be milder though, with any snowflakes increasingly confined to above 1300m.

 

Monday will be mostly sunny and much milder, with freezing levels moving towards 2500m.   

Gressoney, Italy - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 27 November 2015 Cloudless skies in the Monterosa region today. This is Gressoney - Photo: monterosa-ski.com

Switzerland

The rest of Friday will be mostly sunny with freezing levels between 800m and 1300m.

 

Saturday will be cloudier with showers at times, most frequent in the northern Swiss Alps with some snow above 400-700m. The far southern Swiss Alps will see less precipitation and the best chance of some brighter spells.

 

It will remain mostly cloudy on Sunday, with further showers, heaviest on the northern side of Alps. It will be milder though, with the rain/snow limit rising to 900-1200m later.

 

Monday will see a return to mostly sunny weather, with freezing levels soaring towards 2500m. 

Gstaad, Switzerland - Weather to ski - Snow forecast, 27 November 2015 Sunny today in western Switzerland, but a little more snow is expected tomorrow. This is Gstaad - Photo: gstaad.ch

Outlook:

High pressure will be in control of the Alps for most (if not all) of next week, with lots of fine sunny weather above any valley cloud/fog, and very mild temperatures.

Next detailed snow forecast will be on Tuesday 1 December 2015, but see Today in the Alps for daily updates