Issued: 0530hrs Sunday 10th February 2019
Duty forecaster: Garry Nicholson
More snow for the Alps
Low pressure moves across north-central Europe, bringing heavy rain and strong winds, local gales or severe gales for a time for France, Germany and the Low Countries. Clusters of heavy showers follow from the west. A cold front associated with this system extends southwest across France into northern Spain, producing cool and showery conditions with hill snow. Meanwhile, southern Spain and Portugal stays dry and warm, topping 20C on eastern Spanish costas.
Heavy snow moves into the western Alps, and patchy rain reaches northwest Italy, but much of the Mediterranean stays dry. Lots of sunshine for Greece and areas around the Black Sea. Rain moves into Poland and the Czech Republic later. Scandinavia lies beneath a broad area of low pressure, with snow showers in places. Rain and 5C for southern Sweden, later may turn to snow. The far north stays very cold, sub-zero by day.
High pressure builds across western Europe, maintaining fair weather for much of Spain and Portugal. Warm in the south, reaching 20C. Fairly mild too for France, up to 14C in the southwest, but colder toward the Alps. Another substantial snowfall is likely across the north and western Alps from Sunday night into Monday daytime, as fronts come down from the northwest.
Showers for Italy, and some more organised rain or mountain snow for the Balkans as low pressure moves southeastwards. Greece and the Black Sea stays dry, but winds will freshen. Showery across east-central Europe, with snow over mountains. Blustery west to northwesterlies for Denmark, Germany and Poland, with low pressure centred over the southern Baltic. On the northern side of this depression, persistent snow is likely for south-east Sweden and southern Finland. Snow showers for the west/northwest coast of Norway. Dry for southern Norway and much of Sweden.