Latest snow forecast
Updated: 6.30pm Friday 12 January 2018
The weather in the Alps is going through a quiet spell right now. It won’t last too long though as a succession of Atlantic storms is forecast to arrive next week, especially from Tuesday onwards.
This new storm cycle will bring new snow to many parts of the Alps but with the heaviest snow set to fall in the north and west (roughly north and west of a line drawn between Alpe d’Huez and St Anton).
Indeed, by the end of next weekend, resorts such as Tignes, Flaine, Avoriaz, Zermatt, Verbier, Mürren, Engelberg and St Anton could see between 1.5m and 3m of new snow at altitude, which could again lead to disruption in these areas.
Detailed snow forecast:
Saturday will be dry in the Austrian Alps, with lots of sunshine above any valley fog and just a few scattered clouds in the east. Freezing levels will be between 1300m and 1800m east to west.
Sunday will see more sunshine in the north and west, but more in the way of cloud in the far south and east with the chance of the odd flurry. Freezing levels will be around 1500m in the far west but much lower further east.
Saturday will be glorious above any valley fog patches in the French Alps, with freezing levels typically around 1600-1800m.
Sunday may see a few more clouds around with the odd flurry (800m) possible in the southern French Alps, but generally speaking it will remain fine if a little cooler than Saturday.
Saturday will see lots of sunshine in the Italian Alps, with just the odd cloud here and there. Freezing levels will be typically between 1300m and 1500m.
Sunday will be mostly sunny in the east, but there will be more in the way of cloud and the odd flurry (800m) in the south-west (e.g. Sestriere).
Saturday will be sunny in the Swiss Alps, above any valley fog, with freezing levels typically between 1600m and 1800m.
Sunday will see little change in the weather except that it will be a fraction cooler, with the possibility of some cloud in the south.
Next week will start relatively quiet but will turn much more unsettled from Tuesday onwards with some significant snow for many.
The heaviest snow is likely to be in the northern and western Alps and will fall to relatively low altitudes.
Our next detailed snow forecast will be on Tuesday 16 January 2018, but see Today in the Alps for daily updates