Latest snow forecast
Updated: 12pm Friday 21 January 2022
The western and southern Alps will remain mostly sunny over the next few days thanks to a large area of high pressure that is currently sitting over the UK. However, a cold and unstable northerly airstream currently affecting the north-eastern Alps will continue to bring snow to parts of Austria between now and Sunday morning.
The Salzburgland and Upper Austria are the areas most likely to see significant snow from this storm cycle, with around 5-10cm of fresh snow expected today, and a further 20-40cm tomorrow. The very highest snowfall totals will be reserved for the far north-eastern Austrian Alps (e.g. Tauplitz, Altaussee, Hinterstoder), although there probably won’t be quite as much this weekend as originally forecast.
As for the rest of the northern Alps, that’s pretty much it for this storm cycle, with only 1-5cm of snow having fallen across the northern French and north-western Swiss Alps yesterday, and only a few light flurries due today and tomorrow in western Austria and the far east of Switzerland.
Over the coming days, most of the Alps are set to enjoy plenty more sunshine although, with temperatures remaining on the chilly side, there won’t be any major thaw any time soon...
Detailed snow forecast:
Saturday will be mostly cloudy with heavy snow to low altitudes in the northern and north-eastern Austrian Alps, especially Salzburgland and Upper Austria where an additional 30-40cm of snow is possible in places. Elsewhere in the Austrian Alps, any snow will be lighter and more sporadic with the far south (e.g. Carinthia) staying mostly dry.
Sunday will see some snow flurries to low altitudes lingering across the north-east (from about Salzburg eastwards) while most other areas will brighten up. It will feel cold everywhere.
Except for a few clouds in the east, Monday will be sunny across the Austrian Alps, and a fraction milder.
Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be sunny right across the French Alps, at least above any of the low cloud that will linger close to the western foothills.
It will feel chilly in the breeze on Saturday, but a little milder on Sunday and Monday.
Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be sunny across the entire Italian Alps.
It will feel chilly in the breeze on Saturday, but a fraction milder on Sunday and Monday.
Saturday will be cloudy with the odd light flurry in the far north-eastern Swiss Alps (east of Zurich), but most other regions will be dry with plenty of sunshine. It will feeling cold though, with a brisk northerly wind.
Sunday and Monday will be sunny and, with lighter winds, will feel a little milder.
With high pressure in charge of the weather in the Alps, Tuesday and Wednesday will see plenty of sunshine in all regions and temperatures remaining on the fresh side.
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