Latest snow forecast

Updated: 9.20pm Tuesday 13 March 2018

The weather in the Alps remains in a changeable mood. Wednesday will be a largely sunny day but a new set of weather fronts will approach from the west on Thursday, which will continue to influence the weather on Friday. This time the heaviest snow will fall in the southern Alps.

 

It is likely to turn much colder from the east over the weekend, with further snow in places, the heaviest set to fall in the eastern Austrian Alps this time around. 

Detailed forecast:

Austria

Wednesday will start cloudy in the eastern Austrian Alps but will brighten up as the day goes on. The west (e.g. St Anton) should be sunny from the word go. It will be milder than of late with freezing levels up to 2000m in the west.

 

Thursday will be mostly dry though with increasing cloud as the day progresses, especially in the south-west (Osttirol, Carinthia) where the odd shower (snow 1300m) is possible later. It will continue to feel mild to the north of the main Alpine ridge with freezing levels above 2000m.

 

Friday will see a few showers in the northern and eastern Austrian Alps (e.g. Kaprun, Obertauern) with snow falling above 1300-1500m. Elsewhere it will be mainly dry with sunny spells. 

Ischgl, Austria – Weather to ski – Snow forecast, 13 March 2018 Variable cloud cover in Ischgl today but mostly sunny skies are expected tomorrow – 13 March 2018 – Photo: Sue Freeman (via Facebook)

France

Wednesday will be mostly sunny in the French Alps but some high cloud will spread in from the south-west later in the day. It will feel quite warm with freezing levels close to or above 2000m.

 

Thursday will be cloudier with significant precipitation across the southern French Alps, but patchier precipitation further north. The rain/snow limit will start close to 2000m but will fall to between 1000m and 1500m later in the day.

 

Friday will be mixed with the chance of a few bright spells, but also some flurries, especially later in the day (snow 1200-1400m).

Italy

Wednesday will be sunny and mild for most of the Italian Alps with freezing levels close to 2000m. Later in the day some high cloud will spread into the south-west.

 

Thursday will be cloudier with showers or longer spells of precipitation, with a rain/snow limit sitting at around 1000-1200m in the west, and 1400m or more in the east.

 

Friday will be changeable with a mixture of sunny spells, some cloud and a few showers (snow 1200-1500m) here and there. 

Pila, Italy – Weather to ski – Snow forecast, 13 March 2018 Broken cloud today in Pila where snow is expected on Thursday – 13 March 2018 – Photo: pila.it

Switzerland

Wednesday will be mostly sunny in the Swiss Alps, with freezing levels close to or above 2000m.

 

Thursday will be cloudier with precipitation spreading across most areas from the south-west, though it will remain patchy in the Foehn-affected valleys of the central and northern Swiss Alps for much of the day. The rain/snow limit will be between 1000m and 1600m, lowest in the far south.

 

Friday will be changeable with sunny spells and a few showers (snow 1200-1400m), mostly across the northern Swiss Alps. 

Outlook:

Over the weekend it will turn colder with further showers and snow falling to increasingly low levels.

Our next detailed snow forecast will be on Friday 16 March 2018 but see Today in the Alps for daily updates