Latest snow forecast

Updated: 6.45pm Tuesday 30 January 2018

After a relatively quiet spell, the weather in the Alps is now turning unsettled again and is set to remain in a changeable mood for the foreseeable future.

 

Over the next few days, the weather will turn colder with some snow in places. We are not expecting anything like the quantities of snow that we saw earlier this month, but the northern and western Alps in particular will see some moderate falls which will help to freshen things up. Any snow will fall to relatively low altitudes (mostly well below 1000m).

 

The southern Alps will generally see less snow, but the Dolomites may catch a significant fall later on Thursday.

Detailed forecast:

Austria

Wednesday will still be mostly fine in the Austrian Alps, with good sunny spells above any low-lying cloud/fog patches. It will be mild with freezing levels above 2000m in the west.

 

Thursday will be mostly cloudy with showers or longer spells of rain/snow, heaviest in the north and west at first, then the far south later in the day. The rain/snow limit will drop to between 400m and 800m as the day goes on.

 

Friday will be cold with showers or longer spells of snow, dying out in the west later. The rain/snow limit will be around 600m in the south and east, but lower in the north and west.

 

Saturday will see a few flurries (at all levels) in the northern Alps, while the south stays mostly dry with good spells of sunshine. 

Altenmarkt, Austria – Snow forecast, 30 January 2018 Clear skies this evening in Altenmarkt, Austria – 30 January 2018 – Photo: facebook.com/altenmarkt-zauchensee

France

Wednesday will start fine in the French Alps and remain mostly sunny throughout the day in the south. However, cloud will increase later in the day further north, heralding the arrival of some precipitation overnight (snow 1200-1400m).

 

Thursday will be mostly cloudy with showers, especially early on and later in the day, and in the northern Alps. The rain/snow limit will drop to between 400m and 600m as the day goes on. The southern Alps may see little or no snow, however.

 

Friday may see a few flurries to low levels in the northern French Alps but many places will stay dry with the best of any sunshine the further south you go.

 

Saturday may start quite sunny but snow flurries will return to the northern French Alps late in the day and overnight, falling to all levels. The southern French Alps will probably stay sunny all day. 

Abondance, France – Weather to ski – Snow forecast, 30 January 2018 Sunset today in the Abondance valley – 30 January 2018 – Photo: portesdusoleil.com

Italy

Wednesday will be mostly fine in the Italian Alps with long sunny spells, but it will turn hazier in the north-west later in the day.

 

Thursday will be mostly cloudy with some flurries or longer spells of snow, heaviest in the Dolomites in the evening. The rain/snow limit will fall to below 1000m during the day.

 

Friday may see a few early flurries to low levels otherwise mostly places will be dry with sunny spells.

 

Saturday will also be dry with plenty of sunshine but a few flurries are again possible overnight, especially close to the border areas. 

Switzerland

Wednesday will be mostly fine in the Swiss Alps, but cloud will increase in the north and west later in the day with some snow (1200m) overnight.

 

Thursday will see showers or longer spells of snow to increasingly low altitudes (400-700m). There will be some drier and brighter interludes though, especially in the south.

 

Friday will be cold with snow flurries to low altitudes in the northern Swiss Alps and the best of any sunshine further south.

 

Saturday will be mostly dry with sunny spells but a few snow flurries are still possible to low altitudes in the north, with more general snow likely overnight. 

Outlook:

It will remain unsettled on Sunday and into next week with further snow for most at times.

Our next detailed snow forecast will be on Friday 2 February 2018, but see Today in the Alps for daily updates