Today in the Alps - February 2018
Updated: 9am Thursday 15 February 2018 - Milder with a mix of rain and snow for the northern and western Alps
Weathertoski is in Les Arcs where we have seen around 8cm of fresh snow overnight but it is now turning to rain!
This change in the weather is due to the arrival of a warm front which has proved a bit more active than forecast this time yesterday, and is mostly affecting the north-western Alps – i.e. the northern French Alps (roughly north of Les 2 Alpes), much of Switzerland (away from the far south, the west of Austria (e.g. Arlberg) and the far north-west of Italy (e.g. Courmayeur).
These areas will all see precipitation from time to time today, as well as rising temperatures. Here in Les Arcs the snow is already turning to rain below 2000m, and the rain/snow limit could reach 2200m in the middle of the day. Further into the interior (e.g. the Swiss Valais) it is snowing to much lower levels, but rain will eventually win out lower down here too.
After several days of excellent skiing in the Alps, conditions are clearly not as good today, especially where it is raining at low levels in the west. As a rule, the further south-east you are in the Alps today the better the weather will become, with the best of any sunshine in the Dolomites.
The next few days will remain unsettled and mild with the heaviest precipitation always in the north-western Alps and a relatively elevated rain/snow limit of between 1200m and 2000m.
Updated: 9am Wednesday 14 February 2018 - Another great day’s skiing expected in the Alps
Weathertoski is in Les Arcs where it is cloudy this morning with a temperature of around -7°C. Last night’s weather front didn’t produce any snow here in the Tarentaise, just a few centimetres in some northern and western foothills of the French Alps and the far west of Switzerland.
Any cloud in the western Alps is expected to break up this morning leaving most of the French Alps with a sunny if still rather cold day. Elsewhere in the Alps it will also be mostly fine today but slightly less cold than yesterday, at least in the west.
Tomorrow, however, a warm front is set to arrive from the west which will bring some rain/snow to some northern and western parts of the Alps, especially France and Switzerland. This front is not expected to be particularly active but it will raise the rain/snow limit from low levels to as high as 2000m in places later in the day.
The further south and east you are in the Alps, the less likely you are to see any significant perception tomorrow with many parts of Austria and Italy (away from the far west) staying dry.
For the moment, snow conditions in the Alps remain excellent, especially on-piste.
Updated: 9.30am Tuesday 13 February 2018 - Fabulous conditions continue across the Alps…
Weathertoski is in Les Arcs where it is clear and cold, with a temperature of around -13°C at 8am this morning!
The weather is expected to stay fine in the French Alps for most of the day with just a little high cloud arriving from the north-west later in the afternoon. With the exception of some early snow showers in the eastern Austrian Alps, most other regions will also see plenty of sunshine today.
A weak weather front will produce a few flurries in the far western Alps tonight. These will clear early on Wednesday then most regions will again be fine with plenty of sunshine. Thursday will see more unsettled but milder weather moving into the western Alps, then further east on Friday. The rain/snow limit will start low on Thursday but will rise to 1800m in some exposed parts of the French and western Swiss Alps as the day progresses.
Right now snow conditions are superb across most of the Alps, especially in the north where most of yesterday’s fresh snow fell (up to 40cm in some parts of Switzerland and Austria). Given the forecast, be aware that snow conditions will become more variable on Thursday and Friday, especially in the northern and western Alps where it will turn very mild with a mixture or rain and snow.
Updated: 9.30am Monday 12 February 2018 - Fresh snow for many parts of the Alps
Weathertoski is in Les Arcs where we have had 10-15cm of snow overnight. This morning it is still partly cloudy with flurries and a temperature of about -7°C.
Last night’s snow was accompanied by a big drop in temperature which means that the new snow is extremely light in consistency. Snow conditions are therefore excellent today in Les Arcs, both on and off-piste.
Snow showers will die away from the north-western Alps today but will continue further east, notably in Austria. Some central and eastern parts of the Italian Alps (e.g. Livigno, Dolomites) will also see some snow showers today but the south-western Alps (e.g. Sestriere, Isola 2000) will be mostly dry with sunny spells. Tuesday will be a better weather day all-round but it will be cold.
Snow conditions this half-term have turned out very favourably, especially on-piste, with few if any weaknesses anywhere. The Pyrenees are also in excellent shape.
Updated: 8.40am Sunday 11 February 2018 – Mixed weather but good snow conditions
Weathertoski is in Les Arcs, where it is cloudy with light snow flurries this morning and a temperature of about -2°C.
Flurries are expected right across the north-western Alps today, heaviest later in the day in the northern French and Swiss Alps (e.g. Portes du Soleil, Engelberg). The rain/snow limit will start very low but will rise towards 1000m or more in some exposed areas of the west as the day progresses. The further south and east you are in the Alps, the less likely you are to see any snow today, with many central and eastern Italian resorts (e.g. Dolomites) staying dry and bright all day.
Tonight and tomorrow morning snow showers will become a bit more widespread across the Alps before they die out from the west later tomorrow. Tuesday will be a better weather day with plenty of sunshine across the Alps.
Snow conditions are very good across both the Alps and the Pyrenees as we begin the busiest week of the season, with few if any real weaknesses, especially on-piste. Off-piste the situation is a little more mixed but there is still plenty of excellent skiing to be found.
Updated: 10am Thursday 8 February 2018 – Looking good for half term
There is a lot of cloud around in the Alps today but also some sunshine, especially at high altitude in the western Alps. Most places will be dry, but expect a few flurries (to low altitude) across the eastern Austrian Alps this morning.
The next few days will be rather mixed with some occasional, mostly light to moderate snow showers across the northern and western Alps (i.e. the French Alps roughly north of Grenoble, most of the Swiss Alps away from the far south - notably away from Ticino - and the Austrian Alps away from Carinthia and Osttirol).
The southern Alps will see the best of any sunshine and stay mostly dry. It will be chilly but not excessively cold with freezing levels typically between 500m and 1000m.
Snow conditions for the busy half term week are expected to be very good across most of the Alps, especially on-piste. Off-piste the situation is more variable but there is still plenty of good skiing to be found, especially with a guide.
Updated: 10.30am Wednesday 7 February 2018 - Mixed weather but excellent snow conditions in the Alps
The weather in the Alps is very mixed today with a lot of cloud, some flurries in places, but also some sunny breaks.
Most of today’s flurries will be in the Austrian Alps, especially in the east. They will fall to low levels but will remain light. There is a lot of low cloud elsewhere in the Alps but there will also be some decent sunny spells, especially at altitude and in the west.
Over the next couple of days there will be a few light flurries here and there but also plenty of fine dry weather. It will remain relatively cold.
All in all, as we approach the busiest week of the season snow conditions are excellent, especially on-piste. Right now, the best of any powder in the Alps is in the far south-west, close to the French/Italian border from about Sestriere southwards (e.g. Prato Nevoso, Limone, Isola 2000). There is also significant fresh snow in the Pyrenees.
Updated: 10.30am Tuesday 6 February 2018 – Further snow for some south-western parts of the Alps
The weather in the Alps is being controlled by an area of low pressure in the western Mediterranean that is dragging humid air and some snow into the south-western Alps.
Yesterday we saw around 20-30cm of snow in the far southern French and south-western Italian Alps (e.g. Auron, Isola 2000, Prato Nevoso). Elsewhere, there were a few flurries here and there but most of the northern half of the Alps was dry with sunny spells.
Today there will be further snow showers (300-500m) in the south-western Alps, heavy at times close to the southern border regions (e.g. Prato Nevoso, Isola 2000), while the northern half of the Alps stays mostly dry. It will be relatively cold across most of the Alps, but a bit milder in some Foehn-affected valleys in the central and northern Alps, especially in Switzerland (e.g. Bernese Oberland).
Snow flurries may become a little bit more generalised across the Alps on Wednesday though will generally remain light. The end of the week should then be mostly dry with just a few isolated flurries here and there. The ambient temperature will remain relatively but not excessively cold.
Updated: 9am Monday 5 February 2018 - Snow for south-western Alps
Some south-western parts of the Alps have fresh snow this morning, particularly the southern French Alps (e.g. Auron, Isola 2000, Val d’Allos) but also the likes of Prato Nevoso, Limone and Sestriere on the Italian side.
Elsewhere in the Alps, except for a few flurries here and there, most places are dry with the best of any sunshine the further north and east you are (e.g. Austria).
Tuesday will see further snow showers across the south-western Alps while on Wednesday and Thursday any snow will be more focused on the south-eastern side of the Alps (e.g. Dolomites), as well as parts of Austria.
It will turn a little milder for a time but certainly nothing to worry about, with snow conditions looking excellent, especially on-piste, as we approach the busy half term period.
Updated: 12pm Sunday 4 February 2018 - Great snow conditions across the Alps
It’s a cold but mostly fine day across the Alps with just the odd flurry here and there. Tonight and tomorrow some more significant snow will affect parts of the southern French and western Italian Alps.
Snow conditions in the Alps are generally very good, especially on-piste. Off-piste the situation is more mixed, with the deepest fresh snow currently in the south-eastern Alps. Indeed, parts of the Dolomites as well as the far south of Austria (Carinthia) have seen between 50cm and 100cm of new snow in the last couple of days.
The coming week will be relatively cold, with lots of dry fine weather around but also some snow in places, chiefly across the southern Alps. All in all, it’s a very positive picture in the run up to half term!
Updated: 9.50am Friday 2 February 2018 - Further snow in places, heaviest in the far south-east
As expected, the deepest fresh snow this morning is across the far south-eastern Alps where Nassfeld (Carinthia) reports 60cm of fresh since yesterday afternoon! The Dolomites have also done well overnight, with as much as 40cm of new snow in places (e.g. Kronplatz).
Many other parts of the Alps have also seen some snow to varying degrees over the last 24-36 hours, with the other main hotspot being the north-western Alps. Flaine, Avoriaz and Chamonix, for example, all saw around 40cm of snow at altitude with the rain/snow limit descending to very low levels during the day yesterday.
It will continue to snow today for a while in the far south-eastern Alps. Elsewhere, except for a few flurries here and there, there will be plenty of dry if rather chilly weather with some spells of sunshine.
The next few days will remain cold with some patchy light snow in places, chiefly across the southern Alps, but further spells of sunshine for many, particularly at altitude.
All in all, the snow situation is an extremely encouraging one as we approach the busy half term week, with no real weak spots anywhere across the Alps.
Updated: 9am Thursday 1 February 2018 - Snow for many
The weather in the Alps has changed, with some resorts waking up to fresh snow this morning. So far most of the snow has been in the north-western Alps (e.g. Avoriaz) but as the day wears on the heaviest falls will transfer to the south-east (e.g. Cortina, Nassfeld).
The rain/snow limit started at around 1300m last night in the north-west but has since fallen to 600-800m and will lower further later on. As we mentioned earlier, the heaviest of the precipitation so far has been in the north-western Alps with at least 20cm at 1800m in the Haute-Savoie (e.g. Avoriaz, La Clusaz, Flaine).
However, with a secondary area of low pressure forming over the Mediterranean, the Dolomites and the far south of Austria will also see a significant fall of snow later today and tonight. These areas, especially the south-east of Carinthia, could see 50cm+ by Friday. Most other areas of the Alps will see at least a bit of snow over the next 24 hours, but it is the above mentioned areas that will see the most.
Over the weekend and into the first part of the next week it will remain cold with further patchy snow in places, though not generally in any significant quantities.
Snow conditions in the Alps look excellent as we approach the busy half term period, particularly on-piste - which is what the vast majority of people will be concerned about that week! Off-piste it’s more of a mixed bag thanks to recent wind and fluctuating temperatures.
If it is deep powder you want and you can get away this weekend, head to Carinthia (e.g. Nassfeld) or even Slovenia.