BBC Weather’s Ben Rich warned there is a risk of avalanches in the Alps as Meteoalarm has issued warnings for snow and ice in Germany. Conditions in Europe are set to take a bad turn as heavy showers will soon engulf parts of the continent with up to 50cm of snow. The Met Desk map shows parts of Italy, France, Germany and Spain covered in up to 50cm of snow the second week of February.
Mr Rich said: “Some very wet weather across Europe over the next couple of days.
“Satellite pictures show a pipeline of cloud working its way through. There is some colder air up to the northwest affecting the British Isles at the moment.
“Eventually we’re going to see mild air surging back across the continent so generally speaking it is pretty mild week ahead.
“We will see rain moving its way eastwards. During Tuesday there’s some significant snow over the Alps, much needed snow so that might give a temporary improvement to skiing conditions.
“It’s going to be very windy. There will be blizzard conditions and despite the snowfall, it isn’t especially cold and there is a risk of avalanches as well.
“Our next area of rain is just starting to fringe into the north of Portugal.
“As we go on to Wednesday we will see some outbreaks of rain into the north of the British Isles.
“It starts to turn a little bit milder here.”
The forecast showed that France, Spain and parts of Scandinavia were most at risk of snowfall and plummeting temperatures. BBC meteorologist Phil Avery warned that there were “signs that a big chance in on its way”.
He predicted metres of snow could fall across Scandinavia and the regions surrounding the Alps.
Avery said: “We have weather fronts moving across the British Isles on Monday.
“They will sweep their way into Norway and then south into the heart of France and then into the north-west of Iberia.
“Across Western Europe, there will be a lot more in the way of cloud, wind and rain than we have seen for a while.”