Some snow for the Alps today and tomorrow, then drier
Blog by Julian R
10th February 2019 15:56

Some snow for the Alps today and tomorrow, then drier

The conditions over the Alps continue to be very good with large amounts of snow widely over the Alps. The downside is the remaining risk of avalanches in off piste area.

Synoptic Pattern
Currently there is a large area of Low Pressure over Scandinavia and this is feeding in a very cold feed on an North Westerly wind across NW Europe. Later today a cold front is likely to bring moderate precipitation across the Alps and much colder temperatures as it does so.

An area of High Pressure is forecast to edge into Western parts of the Alps tomorrow and this is likely to build across all of the Alps by midweek (1035mb), bringing much drier and more settled conditions,

The Centre of the High Pressure is expected to edge eastwards late in the week, however with Pressure over 1030mb still expected over the Alps.  Winds are expected from a more southerly direction, bring in more milder conditions more especially for Western parts of the Alps.



Sunday South 0c to -1c, North +5 to +7c
Monday South -1c to -4c, North -5c
Tuesday South West -1c to +3c, Central -3c to -5c, North and East -6c to -9c
Wednesday West 0c to +4c, Central 0c to -4c, East -6c to -9c
Thursday West/Central 0c to +5c, East -1c to -4c
Friday West/Central 0c to +4c, South East -2c to -5c

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Precipitation and Snowfall

As mentioned above, the cold front is edging South East over the Alps today, bringing precipitation initially for NW parts of the Alps [French Alps, Western Switzerland and SW Germany). By midnight tonight precipitation is expected across all of the alps.


Further precipitation expected tomorrow, more especially for Northern and Western areas, so for the French Alps, Switzerland, Southern Germany and North Austria. This only slowing fading through Monday with a drier evening expected in Western parts.  


For Tuesday dry in western areas, with patchy precipitation expected for Northern Austria, this only slowly fading during the day.

Over the next 3 days, 50-100cm of fresh snow expected in Northern and Western areas, and the following 3 days mostly dry over the Alps.

Snowfall perhaps above 1250m on the front edge of the front, but below 800m thereafter.


Some snow this weekend, then turning much more settled generally and milder from the West.

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