Low pressure will move Eastward across the region over the weekend bringing snow to the entirety of the Alps. This frontal system will mean good snowfalls for much of the French Alps between Friday evening and Saturday afternoon,before spreading Eastward across Switzerland, Italy and Austria before clearing in to the Balkans. From Monday, high pressure begins to build once again meaning dry and settled weather for most of the week, with the possible exception of some isolated mid-week showers in the parts of the Alps closest to the Mediterranean.
The mild temperatures across the Alps will drop sharply on Saturday as cold air moves in from the Northwest along with the low pressure system. Temperatures will remain cold for most of the week as high pressure builds to the North, winds veer to come from the East, and clear skies overnight allow any heat built up during the day to radiate upwards. The good news here is that pistes should stay in excellent condition all week long.
Zooming in for a closer look we can see the snowfall arriving tonight in the West and getting slightly weaker as it moves Eastward over the weekend. From Monday onwards the skies clear up as that high pressure system moves in and most of the Alps will enjoy sunshine until next weekend when it looks like the snow might just try to make a comeback.
Looking at the icons for the week we can see cold temperatures are widespread both at night and during the day, so don’t forget to wrap up well when you head up the hill – it’s better to be too warm than too cold in the mountains. That said, most resorts across the Alps will be enjoying a good bit of sunshine this week, which should help to take some of the sting out of the air.
If you’re hoping to ride powder this weekend your best bet is likely to be in the Northwestern French Alps. The regions of Isere, Haute Savoie and Savoie should see the heaviest snowfalls, and they’ll also be the first regions to see the sun come out, with Sunday likely to be a bluebird powder day in many resorts.
Of course, with new snow falling on top of a layer of hard old snow we can expect the avalanche risk to go up significantly so make sure to enlist the services of a professional guide or instructor if you’re heading off-piste.
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