Latest snow forecast
Updated: 2.45pm Wednesday 1 February 2017
The weather in the Alps has entered a much more unsettled phase, with a succession of storms moving in from the west over the next few days.
All areas are likely to see some snow at times, especially at altitude. However, with fluctuating temperatures, there will also be some rain lower down, especially in the northern and western Alps.
All in all, resorts with plenty of skiing above 1800m should emerge from this storm cycle with healthy net (snow) gains. There are some concerns for the lowest resorts, however, though it should turn much colder everywhere later next week.
Thursday will be dry with variable cloud and the best of any sunshine in the north. It will be mild with freezing levels close to 2500m.
Friday will be cloudy with a little rain/snow (1400m) in the south (Osttirol and Carinthia), otherwise most areas will be dry and mild with some bright or sunny spells.
Saturday will see some sunny spells, especially in the morning, but also occasional showers (snow 1200-1500m), becoming heavier and more prolonged in the west and south-west (e.g. Lech) later in the day.
Thursday will be mostly dry during daylight hours in the northern Alps (roughly north of Grenoble). However, some showers (snow 1600-1800m) will break out in the southern Alps, especially later in the day.
Friday looks like being unsettled with showers or longer spells of rain/snow, especially early and late in the day. The rain/snow limit will start between 1200m and 1500m, but will drop to under 1000m later.
Saturday will remain mostly cloudy with further rain or snow (1000-1300m).
Thursday will be mostly cloudy with occasional showers here and there, especially later in the day. The rain/snow limit will be around 1300-1600m.
Friday and Saturday will continue mostly cloudy, with occasional showers or longer periods of rain or snow, with a rain/snow limit somewhere between 1000m and 1500m.
Thursday will be mostly dry with variable cloud and some sunny spells in the north. By contrast, thicker cloud and some showers (snow 1200-1400m) are likely in the far south-west (e.g. Zermatt, Saas-Fee) later in the day.
Friday will see a few bright spells in the north and east at first. Further south there will already be showery rain/snow, which will extend further north and east as the day progresses. The rain/snow limit will be between 1200m and 1700m in most places but a bit lower in the far south.
Saturday will be cloudy with showers or longer spells of rain (snow 1000-1500m) at times.
It will remain unsettled with further snow (or rain at low altitudes) at times on Sunday and Monday. Later next week it may turn a bit drier, but colder.
Next detailed snow forecast will be on Friday 3 February 2017, but see Today in the Alps for daily updates