We have waited over a month for fresh snow in the Northern Alps but finally it looks like it may be on its way in two waves. An Atlantic weather system should cross France tomorrow bringing snow to the Massif Central at first, from 1000m dropping to 900m. It will then hit the Vosges and Jura with snow falling to 800 m then the Alps where the snow line will be between 1000-1300m, similar for the Pyrenees. This system should bring around 20cm. A second wave will cross France between Wednesday and Thursday. Currently we’re not expecting much more than 40cm in total in the North, there may be more in the South and across the border with Italy. The zero iso will be between 1400-1500m all week, not that cold for mid February. Wind will largely be from the south at altitude.
However this fresh snow will fall on a very unconsolidated based on shaded slopes: West through to North East and with the wind from the south expect some slab formation. If you have seen our recent snow reports you will know what we are talking about;
Henry Schniewind has picked up on this too.
Take great care next weekend once the nice weather returns.