Unsettled weather will be the theme across southern Europe much of the week as a system slowly tracks from Spain and Portugal through Italy and into the Balkan Peninsula.
The storm is expected to track across the Iberian Peninsula and into the Mediterranean Sea by Wednesday, spreading rain and snow over the region along its way. While accumulating snowfall will be limited to the higher terrain surrounding Madrid, some wet snowflakes will likely be seen in the city Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.
“For parts of northern parts of the Meseta Central, this will be the coldest it’s been all winter,” said AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Tyler Roys.
“People should watch out for icy spots in areas that typically don’t see snow.”
Snow will also fall farther south across the Sierra Nevada, just inland from the Mediterranean coastline in southern Spain and across the Mediterranean in the mountains of northern Algeria and Morocco.
This rain and snow can lead to more flooding issues, particularly near the Ebro River in Spain. This river has experienced flooding from recent storms that impacted the area.
“The Ebro River will have flooding issues through most of this week,” said Roys.
Some of the rain and snow will reach into the Balkans by Wednesday, but the bulk of the storm will focus on areas from Spain to Italy. The Balkans can expect the worst weather to impact the region from Thursday into Friday.
Heavy mountain snow can be expected over the Apennie Mountains in Italy as well as the Italian Alps and Dinaric Alps from Wednesday night into Friday. Some will even reach some of the lower elevations, such as Milan where several inches may fall from late Thursday into Friday.
Where milder air prevails much as 25-50 mm of rain is forecast to fall along the west coast of Italy, including cities such as Rome and Naples.
By this weekend, the core of the storm will be over the Balkans where the storm will bring light snow and rain to the entire region. Accumulating snow is expected in Bucharest, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Zagreb and Budapest.
Showers will linger across central Italy over the weekend, but the threat for any significant precipitation will end by Friday night.