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Low pressure over Northern Europe pushes weather fronts across Central Europe during the weekend, bringing widespread snow over the Alps on Saturday, especially on westward slopes with large accumulations likely in the Julian and southern Austrian Alps, as well as over the French and western Italian Alps.
It will however become generally drier from late Saturday as the fronts clear to the east due to high pressure building in, though a front associated with another low to the west of the Continent will bring further snow over westward slopes in the French and Swiss Alps through Saturday night and Sunday.
Drier weather is then expected to persist across many areas through the start of the week as high pressure remains dominant, though showers over the Balkans may bring further snow to the Julian Alps.
Low pressure developing over Western Europe as the week progresses will however bring more fronts in from the west, and therefore further snow, from Tuesday onward, with particularly large accumulations of snow possible over the southern French, Swiss, and western Italian Alps during Wednesday and Thursday, as well as over the eastern Italian and Julian Alps Thursday into Friday.
Another front will then move in from the west by the end of the week, bringing regular spells of snow over much of the Alps, but especially over westward and southward slopes in the French and Italian Alps.
Temperatures will rise along with the high pressure system arriving on Saturday/Sunday which will raise the rain/snow limit as well as humidify the snowpack. The Avalanche risk will almost certainly rise to a 4 or above in many places throughout the Alps.
Thanks to Steve Sanders/MetraWeather