Latest snow forecast

Updated: 6.45pm Friday 9 March 2018

There’s a mild and changeable weekend in store for the Alps with occasional rain or snow, especially in the south and west. The highest rain/snow limit will be in the northern French and western Swiss Alps where it will reach 2200m or more in places tomorrow and early on Sunday.

 

The heaviest snow will be at altitude in the central-southern French Alps on Saturday (e.g. Les 2 Alpes) then the central-eastern Italian Alps on Sunday (e.g. Passo Tonale). Thanks to the Foehn, the north-eastern Alps (e.g. Salzburgland) will see little precipitation and will also be exceptionally mild.

Detailed forecast:

Austria

Saturday will see variable cloud and just the occasional shower, mostly in the south (snow 1600m). It will continue to feel mild with freezing levels as high as 2400m in the north.

 

Sunday will continue to see mostly dry and often quite bright conditions to the north of the main Alpine ridge, with freezing levels as high as 2800m. By contrast, it will be cooler and cloudier in Osttirol and Carinthia, with a few showers (snow 1500m). 

Lech, Austria – Weather to ski – Snow forecast, 9 March 2018 Much milder today in Lech – 9 March 2018 – Photo: lech.com

France

Saturday will be mostly cloudy in the French Alps, with occasional showers, heaviest and most persistent in the south. The rain/snow limit will be around 2300m in the north, but a bit lower in the south, especially close to the Italian border.

 

Sunday will see little change with plenty of cloud and showers in places, heaviest in the south. The rain/snow limit will descend to between 1600m and 2000m. 

Chamrousse, France – Weather to ski – Snow forecast, 9 March 2018 A very mild weekend is forecast for the French Alps with some snow at high altitude but also some rain lower down – 9 March 2018 – Photo: chamrousse.com

Italy

Saturday will be mostly cloudy in the Italian Alps with showers, heaviest in the southern Piedmont but more scattered elsewhere. The rain/snow limit will be highly variable but typically between 1600m and 2000m.

 

It will remain cloudy and showery on Sunday with the heaviest showers moving towards the central and eastern Italian Alps. The rain/snow limit will again be variable but typically between 1400m and 1900m. 

Switzerland

Saturday will be rather cloudy in the Swiss Alps with occasional showers, mostly in the south (snow 1200-1400m) and west (snow 2000m). Most central and eastern parts of the Swiss Alps will be dry and very mild.

 

Sunday will start dry in many areas but showers in the south and west will slowly extend further north-east as the day progresses. Any snow will fall above about 1400m in the far south, but closer to 2000m elsewhere. 

Outlook:

Early next week will continue changeable with occasional showers, mostly in the west. It will also turn a fraction cooler but not notably cold. 

Our next detailed snow forecast will be on Tuesday 13 March 2018, but see Today in the Alps for daily updates