Latest snow forecast
Updated: 1.30pm Wednesday 22 February 2017
The Alps are under currently under the influence of a very mild westerly airflow.
It will continue to be mild (and mostly dry) on Wednesday and Thursday, but temperatures will drop on Friday with the arrival of a cold front. This front will also bring some significant snowfalls to some parts of the Alps, mostly in the north.
The rest of Wednesday will be dry with variable cloud and the best of the sunshine in the west. It will be very mild with freezing levels as high as 2300m in the west.
Thursday will be milder still with freezing levels reaching 2500-2700m in most places.
On Friday a cold front will bring a big drop in temperature and some snow in many places. The rain/snow limit will drop to between 500m and 800m later in the day.
The rest of Wednesday will be dry with good sunny spells and freezing levels at 2500m or higher.
It will remain mostly fine and very mild on Thursday, though cloud will increase in the north later.
Friday will be cloudier with outbreaks of snow, mostly in the northern half of the Alps and initially above 1200m, falling to 600-800m later.
The rest of Wednesday and Thursday will be dry with plenty of sunshine and very mild temperatures, with freezing levels reaching 2400-2700m.
Friday will be cloudier, especially close to the border areas where some showers are possible at times (snow 1200-1500m, lower later). However, some places will stay dry, particularly in the south-western Italian Alps.
The rest of Wednesday will be dry with long sunny spells and very mild temperatures (freezing levels around 2500m).
Thursday will again by very mild and mostly fine, but cloud will increase in the north later in the day.
Friday will see snow (1300m, dropping to 600-800m later), heaviest in the central and northern Alps, but patchier in the south and south-east.
It will become mostly fine and mild again over the weekend.
Next detailed snow forecast will be on Friday 3 March 2017, but see Today in the Alps for daily updates