The Alps are dealing with a high pressure area northwest of the Alps and a low pressure area south of the Alps. Cold air is being pushed to the Alps by a current from the northeast. At the same time there is still quite some humid air north of the Alps and in the Italian Po-valley. That resulted in some snow on the north side of the Alps on Monday. A lot of cities in Switzerland got a white cover on Monday morning and cold powder came down in the high alpine. The cold air will have its effect on the moisture and it will snow a bit more which might result in some local surprises. There is also room for the sun locally. Where you wake up on Wednesday there might be some fog in the valleys, but when you jump into a lift the sun might shine on the highest peaks. In this forecast:
Cold air is brought in from the north with a current from the east until Thursday. This also pushes humid air against the west and south of the Piedmont and the north of the Alps. Some cold powder will come down from that fog from time to time. This does not produce the greatest amounts of fresh snow, but where it falls it does provide a nice layer of dry powder. Especially on the north side of the Alps where the wind has been relatively weak for the past 36 hours the snow is very loose and it came down on a fresh layer of 10-35 cm from the past few days. About 40-70 cm of fresh snow already came down on the south and west of the Alps on Friday and Sunday, but a strong Föhn from the north kicked in yesterday and that resulted in very critical amounts of wind drifted snow. We saw a lot of slab avalanches on the south side of the main alpine ridge yesterday.
Although the fog still generated about 5-10 cm of fresh snow on the north side of the Alps and the Piedmont today, chances were high that the sun was shining high on the mountains.
I am on a road trip through the Alps with some friends. After we've been riding the flakes on the south side of the Alps, we are now on the northern side of the main alpine ridge. Because the wind was very strong and the snow changed more and more, resulting in dangerous windslabs we decided to drive towards the north side of Switzerland. We were welcomed with open arms by the crew of Skilodge Engelberg yesterday. They had around 10-20 cm cold powder on Monday and we skied some nice lines today. The past few days were typically a trip where you had to make last minute decisions. That has worked out well so far.
The weather will be the same on Wednesday, with clouds and sometimes some snow on the north side of the Alps. In addition, you'll have the biggest chance for sun in the high alpine.
The current from the east will come to an end on Thursday. The weather will come from the west again. Whether that will bring some new snow and how much is still a question. At the moment there are two scenarios:
The long term is still very uncertain. And in case of uncertainty: enjoy what you have right now... We now live from day to day and decide this afternoon where the day of tomorrow will bring us!
Stay stoked. Morris