Heavy snowfall is approaching as I wrote on Saturday, but there are still some uncertainties, also about the developments after Friday. Some rain already follows in the mild air on Wednesday evening, but then the northern Alps will enter a (possibly heavy) föhn situation, while the southern Alps could see a lot of precipitation.
Yes, it’s looking pretty far ahead and so with a beat, but at the moment we do have to look at the medium to long term for a serious pack of fresh snow. Sure, Monday will bring some snow and is a nice refresher, but no large amounts.
After the snow on the southern side, calm returned to the Alps. On the northern side, with a moist western to north-western flow, it still snowed a bit above 800 to 1,200 metres, but later this week it warms up again.
Due to limited internet on my train, I have to keep it short today. A glance at the snow map also shows that we need not expect anything in the form of fresh snow in the coming days.
Currently, calm high-pressure weather with lots of sunshine dominates in the Alps. The freezing level reaches well above 3000 metres. At Les Diablerets in Switzerland, it is +4.6 degrees at 2966 metres at the time of writing (10:40am).
After a short but fierce winter period, the weather will become more changeable and above all more turbulent in the coming week with occasional precipitation, but it will also become slightly milder at times, so we should keep an eye on the snowline!
We see yellow and red colours on our snowfall map for the Western Alps, but at the same time it is also getting considerably warmer, so this precipitation is accompanied by a high snowline.
The conditions are sunny and dry at the moment. For fresh snow, we need to look further ahead. It is not until the middle of next week that things really change and the Alps enter more changeable weather.
Our snow forecast map today shows it well: in the coming week it remains mostly calm with very little fresh snow. Nevertheless, some snow follows tomorrow (Tuesday) for the Western Alps.
Little will happen in the coming days, but a cold front with some snow will follow from the west during New Year’s Eve. It is the start of a changeable period, with very likely a higher snowline again.