Latest snow forecast

Updated: 7.20pm Friday 30 December 2016

High pressure is firmly in control of the weather in the Alps right now, but changes are afoot, even if we are not (in the first instance at least) going to get that “killer storm” that everyone is looking for.

 

After two more days of wall-to-wall sunshine, a weak cold front will move down from the north on Monday. It won’t bring a huge amount of snow – just a few centimetres here and there across the northern Alps – but it will bring a general drop in temperature. It will then remain cold with the chance of more snow in places mid-week, chiefly across the northern and north-eastern Alps.

 

Some models are suggesting that we will see more generalised heavy snow around 7/8 January 2017, but this is still a long way off so stay tuned to our daily updates!

Detailed forecast:

Austria

Saturday and Sunday will be sunny with freezing levels between 1200m and 2000m (generally coldest in the east).

 

Monday will remain mostly dry but with increasing cloud in the north and west as the day goes on, and a few snow flurries overnight. It will be colder with freezing levels closer to or below 1000m. 

Haus im Ennstal – Weather to ski – Snow forecast, 30 December 2016 Blue skies today in eastern Austria after the snow earlier in the week. This is Haus im Ennstal – 30 December 2016 – Photo: haus.at

France

Saturday and Sunday will be sunny with freezing levels between 1600m and 2000m (generally lowest in the north).

 

Monday will see more in the way of cloud with a scattering of snow flurries (600-900m), especially later in the day and in the north.  

Isola 2000, France – Weather to ski – Snow forecast, 30 December 2016 Great weather, great snow in Isola 2000 in the southern French Alps – 30 December 2016 – Photo: isola2000.com

Italy

Saturday and Sunday will be mostly sunny with freezing levels between 1600m and 2000m.

 

Monday will see more in the way of cloud, especially later in the day, close to the border regions and in the north-west, where a few flurries (600-1000m) cannot be ruled out. It will feel colder everywhere. 

Cervinia, Italy – Weather to ski – Snow forecast, 30 December 2016 The Cervo (Matterhorn) as viewed from the Cervinia side – 30 December 2016 – Photo: cervinia.it

Switzerland

Saturday and Sunday will be sunny with freezing levels between 1600m and 2000m.

 

Monday will see more in the way of cloud, especially later in the day when some flurries (600-900m) are expected here and there, heaviest in the north. 

Gstaad, Switzerland – Weather to ski – Snow forecast, 30 December 2016 Clear skies again this evening in the Swiss Alps. This is Gstaad – 30 December 2016 – Photo: gstaad.ch

Outlook:

Tuesday and Wednesday will be cold with the chance of further snow (generally moderate in nature) across the northern and eastern Alps, although many places will stay dry. The best of any sunshine will be in the south and west.

 

It may then turn fine again everywhere later in the week, before becoming more generally wintry from the north or north-west over the weekend. 

Next detailed snow forecast will be on Tuesday 3 January 2017, but see Today in the Alps for daily updates