A wild weekend ahead with a lot of snow and some very strong winds hitting large portions of the Alps, but Santa might just be bringing something fantastic for Christmas…❄️☀️🎁🎅🏻

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Low pressure moving over northern Italy and into the Balkans on Saturday is followed by another low sweeping across France and Germany Saturday night and Sunday. A north-westerly airflow develops early next week as high pressure builds across Iberia, France and Germany.

High pressure becomes centred over Germany by Thursday. The week therefore is spilt between frequent spells of snow across the Alps this weekend and early next week as frontal systems followed by a showery north-westerly airflow move west to east across The Alps and a developing spell of drier and more settled weather from Thursday.

Heavy snow is likely across the Austrian Alps Saturday as the first low moves through before further outbreaks of persistent and heavy snow arrive into the French and Swiss Alps Saturday night as the next low pressure system arrives.

Snow is then expected to continue across the French and Swiss Alps through Sunday and Monday, with snow moving into the Austrian Alps from Sunday afternoon. Another pulse of heavy snow is expected to arrive into the French, Swiss, and western Austrian Alps Monday night.

Further spells of snow then sweep west to east through Tuesday and Wednesday as high pressure becomes dominant, bringing good amounts of sunshine, although increasing the risk of some fog.

Temperatures remain cold through the weekend, with a drop in temperatures expected across the region from Sunday night as a north-westerly airflow spills into the area.

Temperatures may warm slightly for a brief time on Tuesday, but fall once more from Wednesday, especially across the Austrian and Julian Alps as a cold northerly airflow draws down Artic air from Scandinavia.

Snow is expected to build extensively across the Alps through this weekend, with further additions to the snowpack early next week, with upwards of 1m added across the French and Swiss Alps by mid-week.

Certain areas in the Northwestern Alps, like Chamonix and Val d’Isere, could see upwards of 2m of fresh snow before Christmas.

HT – Thomas Mould/MetraWeather

Kene E.

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Kene E.

Originally from Canada, Kene had never been snowboarding before a holiday to Val d'Isere 12 years ago. He's literally lived there ever since.