Latest snow forecast
Updated: 5.30pm Tuesday 9 February 2016
The weather in the Alps is very unsettled this week, with lots of snow expected at altitude, but also some rain in places lower down.
Tuesday night will see snow spreading east across much of the Alps, heaviest in the south and west. It will be accompanied by a sharp drop in temperature, with snow falling to 500m or so in the west later.
Temperatures will then recover later in the week, but it will remain unsettled with further snow showers (and some rain at low altitude) at times, becoming heavier and more frequent again at the weekend. On Monday the temperature will plummet, with snow falling at all altitudes.
All in all then it’s a complicated weather picture, but there is a lot of snow in the forecast this week, heaviest at altitude and in the west, especially the northern French Alps, where between 1m and 2m of new snow is possible above 2000m by Sunday.
The eastern Austrian Alps will probably see the least snow, at least in the first instance, but just about everywhere should see some useful top-ups over the coming days - good news for half term!
Some parts will start dry tonight (Tuesday), but rain and snow will spread to all areas later, with the heaviest precipitation in the south and west. The rain/snow limit may start relatively high but will lower to reach 500-900m later.
Wednesday will be cloudy with showers or longer spells of snow (to low levels) in most places, heaviest in the morning with one or two brighter spells appearing late in the day.
Thursday should be mostly dry with sunny spells, and just one or two scattered snow showers (600m) in the north-east.
Friday may see one or two very early snow flurries, then it should turn dry and bright in most places for a while before further snow (800m) reaches the west later.
Much of the French Alps will see snow tonight (Tuesday), with the rain/snow line lowering rapidly to between 400m and 600m. The heaviest snow will be confined to the northern half of the Alps later in the night. It will also be very windy with blizzard conditions at altitude.
Wednesday will start with snow flurries in the northern Alps, but these should die out later. The southern Alps will just see isolated flurries at first, and more in the way of sunshine, but it will be cold and windy everywhere.
Thursday will be mostly cloudy with further snow to relatively low levels, pushing in from the west as the day goes on.
Friday should start dry, but further precipitation will spread in from the west. It will turn a little milder, with the rain/snow limit rising to between 1000m and 1400m later.
Most Italian resorts will see a significant fall of snow tonight (Tuesday), with a rain/snow limit descending to between 500m and 1000m (west to east) later in the night. It will be very windy with blizzards at times at altitude.
Wednesday will be cold with a few early snow showers, these mostly dying away with some good sunny spells developing.
Thursday should start dry with sunny spells, but cloud will tend to increase with a few snow showers (600m) here and there later.
Friday is also expected to start dry, but showers (snow 800-100m) are forecast to arrive in the western Italian Alps later, spreading further east overnight.
Tuesday night will see heavy snow falling across much of the country, initially above 1000m in the east, but closer to 500m everywhere later. It will be windy, especially at altitude where there will be blizzard conditions.
Wednesday will see further snow showers to low levels, mostly across the northern Alps and increasingly confined to the north-east later. The best of any sunshine will be in the south.
Thursday should start dry and bright, but cloud will thicken again from the west, with snow (800m) showers reaching western parts later in the day. The east may stay dry until evening.
Friday will be mostly cloudy and windy, with further snow (1000m) from time to time.
It looks like it will remain very unsettled over the weekend, with further heavy snow (and some rain at low altitude). By Monday, however, most places should have turned much colder.
Next detailed snow forecast will be on Wednesday 17 February 2016, but see Today in the Alps for daily updates