The period of settled weather looks set to continue in the main this week in the Alps, although winds will be a little bit stronger than of late. A light dusting of snow is likely for Monday morning and then a further snowfall of around 10cm is forecast for Tuesday night, which will provide a nice little mid-week top up. Around 20cm is forecast for Saturday.
The all-important Jetstream is still in place over the Iberian Peninsula, as it has been for the past 7 to 10 days. This location to the south of Central Europe has contributed to the cold temperatures of late. The two sunniest days of the week look like being Tuesday and Wednesday but temperatures will remain cold until Thursday, when an area of high pressure and shifting Jetstream, takes over and sees a dramatic increase in temperature. From a high of around -5ºC on Wednesday by Thursday afternoon, temperatures in Val d'Isere will have soared to a spring-like +5ºC. This is due to a northerly shift in the Jetstream from the Iberian Peninsula up to Central Europe.
A large area of low pressure currently sits in the Atlantic and should hopefully head towards Scandinavia and drag up the high pressure that currently stays towards the Azores towards us. This should bring some nice weather towards the end of the week. The freeze height looks set to stay at around 1000 metres on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before rising dramatically to around 2000 metres by Thursday morning.