Latest snow forecast

Updated: 4.20pm Friday 23 March 2018

The weather in the Alps will be fairly calm this weekend, with plenty of sunshine and just a few light showers or flurries here and there.

 

Temperatures will be higher than we have seen recently but will remain below average for mid-March. This will make the freeze-thaw process less pronounced than it might normally be at this time of year and will allow for some excellent skiing conditions, especially on-piste.

 

Some more significant snow is likely to affect the north-western Alps next week, particularly on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Detailed forecast:

Austria

Saturday will be mostly sunny and quite mild (compared to recent days) in the Austrian Alps, with freezing levels between 1500m and 2000m (east to west).

 

It will remain mostly dry on Sunday with variable cloud and just the outside chance of a shower (snow 1400m) later.

 

Monday will see a higher chance of showers (snow around 1000m), these being most frequent across the northern Austrian Alps though still not amounting to much. The more southern Osttirol and Carinthia regions should stay dry. 

Feldkopf, Austria – Weather to ski – Snow forecast, 23 March 2018 Cloud breaking up over the Austrian Tirol this afternoon. This is the Feldkopf mountain in the Zillertal – 23 March 2018 – Photo: foto-webcam.eu

France

Saturday will be mostly dry in the French Alps with sunny spells. However, thicker cloud may bring the odd flurry (1100m) to some southern border regions with Italy later. It will be mildest in the northern Alps where freezing levels will reach 2000m.

 

Sunday will see sunny spells and a scattering of light showers (snow 1200m) developing later in the day, mostly in the northern half of the Alps.

 

Monday will again see of a scattering of showers (snow 1000-1200m), these perhaps becoming more frequent later in the day across the northern Alps. 

Italy

Saturday will see rather cloudy skies with the odd flurry (800-1100m) in the western Italian Alps (e.g. Sestriere), otherwise most places will be dry with sunny spells.

 

Sunday will see variable cloud and sunny spells. Most places will be dry, but the odd flurry (1200m) cannot be ruled out anywhere, especially later in the day.

 

Monday will be variable with sunny spells but also a few showers (snow 1200m), these being mostly in the north-western Italian Alps (Aosta region). 

Switzerland

Saturday will be mostly dry with sunny spells in the Swiss Alps, though there will be more in the way of cloud close to the Italian border where the odd flurry (900m) cannot be ruled out. Further north, freezing levels will be closer to 2000m.

 

Sunday will again be mostly dry with just the odd isolated shower (snow 1200m) developing in the northern and western Alps later in the day.

 

Monday will see more in the way of cloud and showers (snow around 1000m), these being most frequent in the northern and western Swiss Alps. The far south should stay dry. 

Les Crosets, Switzerland – Weather to ski – Snow forecast, 23 March 2018 Sunny skies this afternoon in the Portes du Soleil. This is Les Crosets – 23 March 2018 – Photo: telechampery.ch

Outlook:

Tuesday and Wednesday will see more significant snow across the northern and western Alps, especially in the northern French Alps (e.g. Avoriaz, Chamonix, Flaine, 3 Valleys), where the rain/snow limit will be somewhere between 800m and 1500m. The further east and south you are, the less likely you are to see any significant snow. 

Our next detailed snow forecast will be on Tuesday 27 March 2018, but see Today in the Alps for daily updates