Fresh powder in the Piemonte


By meteomorris on 1 March 2013 · 0

Mikey in Sestrière
Mikey in Sestrière

The last flakes are coming down in the Piemonte and it will be sunny after that. That was the last snowfall in the Alps and the warmer air is coming in. The temperatures will go up especially in the French northern Alps, Switzerland and the west of Austria. The freezing level will be around 2100 meters on Saturday. And that will be even higher on faces with a southern exposure. It will only be colder on north faces and in trees because the sun cannot reach the snow directly there.

The eastern regions of Austria will stay cold till after the weekend, with a freezing level around 1500 meters. But hey, the peaks aren’t that high over there, so your still stuck with the rise of the temperatures.

You’ll also notice the rise of temperatures in the French southern Alps and in the Italian Alps. The freezing level will rise to around 2100 meters till Monday and that will be even higher on the slopes with a southern exposure.

So, basicly it’s bye bye winter and cold smoke blower pow for now.

South stau after the weekend

There will be a radical change in the weather patterns after the weekend (as I mentioned in my forecast a couple of days ago), The upper current is moving to the southwest and as a result the chances for snow in the south and southwest are rising. The French southern Alps and the Italian Piemonte can prepare for snow from the night of Tuesday till Wednesday.

Powder advice, what to do?

  1. Chose on of the four regions that had lots of snow the last couple of days. That are the southern Alps west, southern Alps central, southern Alps east of northern Alps east.

  2. Pick some features in the selector that you want the resort to have, such as trees, secret, etc, and you’ll see some suggestions.

  3. If you don’t know where to go by then, don’t hesitate and ask where to go in the comments. I’m more than happy to help you! If you want freshies, go for the southern Alps west. It's the only region that has got freshies the last 24 hours (20-40 cm) and where it’s still snowing right now.

Long term

You can read my analysis for the long term here. It will be warm in the week of 2-9 March. You can notice that immediately in the western and northern Alps. The current is moving to the southwest and that means a chance for snow for the southwestern stau regions (French southern Alps, Piemonte, south of the Monte Rosa). It will probably snow in the Engadin and the inneralpine regions around the Italian/Austrian main alpine ridge. But only if the fronts can reach that far. What will happen after that (after March the 8th) is uncertain. Some models predict a northwest stau, but other models are predicting ‘The Return Of The High Pressure Areas’. And yes, that sounds like a bad movie.

Conclusions for the week of March 2nd-9th

You’re biggest chances for powder this weekend will be in the four regions mentioned above. You’ll have to search for powder though. It might snow in the Piemonte and French southern Alps on Tuesday(night). The snowline will drop temporarily, but will rise again later (to 1500-1800 meters). There will be a föhn in the northern Alps and French northern Alps and it will be dry, maybe some precipitation at the end of the week, especially in the main alpine ridge.

Stay stoked

Morris


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