Latest snow forecast

Updated: 1.40pm Tuesday 9 January 2018

The weather in the Alps has been pretty wild recently, particularly in the south-west where some places have seen between 1.5m and 2.5m of snow falling at altitude in the last 48-72 hours (e.g. Milky Way, Monte Rosa, Haute-Maurienne).

 

Things will become a lot calmer for the remainder of the week now. There will still be some bits and pieces of snow around, but nothing like what we have seen in recent days, and there will be plenty of dry weather too.

 

Next week, however, it will turn very unsettled again with the prospect of further widespread snow across the Alps!

Detailed snow forecast:

Austria

The rest of Tuesday will be mostly dry and quite mild in the Austrian Alps, with variable cloud and some sunny spells. There will be some showers in the south (Osttirol, Carinthia), however, with snow above 1200-1600m.

 

Wednesday will be fine with good sunny spells, especially in the west. It will again be quite mild with freezing levels between 1400m and 1900m.

 

Thursday will be cooler with rather more in the way of cloud with the odd shower in the eastern Austrian Alps (snow 800m). Further west it will be mostly dry with some sunny spells. 

Oberstdorf, Austria – Weather to ski – Snow forecast, 9 January 2018 Sunny skies on the German-Austrian border today. This is Oberstdorf – 9 January 2018 – Photo: oberstdorf.com

France

The rest of Tuesday will see some snow showers (1400m) lingering in the southern French Alps (e.g. Isola 2000). The northern French Alps will become mostly dry with variable cloud and a few brighter spells here and there.

 

Wednesday will be mostly dry with some sunny spells, but cloud will thicken later in the day, especially close to the northern and western foothills. Freezing levels will be around 1500m.

 

Thursday will see plenty of cloud with a few showers here and there (snow 1000m) but many places will stay dry.

Tignes, France – Weather to ski – Snow forecast, 9 January 2018 Huge overnight snowfalls in Tignes – 9 January 2018 – Photo: facebook.com/Tignes

Italy

The rest of Tuesday will be mostly cloudy in the Italian Alps, with showers or longer outbreaks of snow (1200-1400m).

 

Wednesday will be drier with sunny spells and freezing levels around 1200-1600m.

 

Thursday should also remain dry with sunny spells and freezing levels between 1000m and 1500m. 

Sestriere, Italy – Weather to ski – Snow forecast, 9 January 2018 Heavy snowfall easing this morning in Sestriere – 9 January 2018 – Photo: vialattea.it

Switzerland

The rest of Tuesday will be dry in many places in Switzerland, but some snow (1200-1400m) will continue in the south for a time, especially in Ticino.

 

Wednesday will be mainly dry with sunny spells, though thicker cloud could bring a few showers (snow 1000m) to the northern (especially north-western) foothills later in the day.

 

Thursday will see further showers (snow 800m) close to the northern fringes of the Alps otherwise most places will be dry with sunny spells. 

Bernese Oberland, Switzerland – Weather to ski – Snow forecast, 9 January 2018 Foehn-induced cloud formations in the Bernese Oberland – 9 January 2018 – Photo: alpenweerman.nl

Outlook:

Friday and the weekend will be relatively benign weather-wise, with plenty of dry weather, some good sunny spells and just a few flurries here and there. Freezing levels will typically be around or a fraction above 1000m.

 

Next week it will start to turn unsettled again with the chance of heavy and widespread snow returning to the Alps mid-week. 

Our next detailed snow forecast will be on Friday 12 January 2018, but see Today in the Alps for daily updates