It will snow in large parts of the Alps the next 36 hours. An active cold front pulls into the Alps from the northwest. A storm depression with the name Inge migrates to Russia via Scandinavia. Between a high-pressure area above the Atlantic Ocean and a storm depression, a north-western current has started that will provide snow for the next 36 hours and this results in some nice colors on our snow maps. The peace will return after.
TIP: check out our snow maps for more details
The front has moved into the Alps on Monday and the first webcams are already showing fresh snow. But because it's only the start of the snowfall, we will see more webcams turning white in the coming hours. We will post updates below the next few hours, but if you have beautiful images yourself we would like to see them. Very gladly!
The snowfall of today is reason enough to publish the first avalanche forecast for Switzerland, with a report of the snowfall.
Between Sunday evening and Tuesday morning, the following amounts of fresh snow are anticipated above approximately 2500 m:
- north of an imaginary Rhine-Rhone line, northern Grisons: 20 to 40 cm, from the eastern Bernese Oberland into the Glarner Alps as much as 50 cm;
- Lower Valais and central Grisons: 10 to 20 cm;
- remaining regions of Switzerland: less or no snow at all. At 2000 m, approximately half the above-cited amounts of snowfall can be expected.
Check out the complete avalanche forecast here.
The northern current continues to ensure the supply of unstable air until Wednesday. After that, high pressure takes over again and it becomes dry and sunny in the Alps. The result is that the snow will start to melt again. There is a small chance that a depression will try to reach the Alps again next weekend.
The snowfall of today and tomorrow is good news for the glaciers. After a hot summer they become a little whiter again. Some of them are already open or will open their lifts in the coming weeks. Below you'll find the expected opening dates for the ski resorts in the Alps for this fall. In addition, not all the lifts will be open on the glaciers.
Opening dates are based on experiences from the past. The current weather conditions ultimately determine whether an area opens or stays closed. Check the weather before you leave and check with the area that they are open and which lifts are expected to run.