Finally! Today will be a day of looking at webcams. My forecast of yesterday is still going strong!
A western current with snow from the west northwest.
The second front with lots of snow in the French Alps and the resorts in the main alpine ridge between Italy and Switzerland.
The snowmap below says it all.
I expect the most snow in the French southern Alps, especially in the stau regions of the Ecrins and the far south in resorts such as Isola 2000 and Valberg. The southern Alps will get hammered. Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a base yet, but with the 40-90 centimeters that problem will be solved. The resorts in the west, south and east of the southern Alps do have an acceptable base, but in the heart of the Ecrins (in resorts like Puy St. Vincent and the Serre Chevalier) they really, really need snow. The resorts south of the line Mt. Blanc, Monte Rosa and Piz Bernina can expect freshies as well. Check out the webcams here. Three days of riding pow in the western parts of the Alps. But please keep in mind that the snowcover is really unstable in some places!Will Isola 2000 be completely white tomorrow?
If you go to the higher alpine resorts (and the resorts in the French southern Alps), you’ll have a white Christmas. Same thing for large parts in Italy, where a southwest current will bring snow on Christmas Day. There might be a chance that Austria and other parts in the northern Alps will be hit by a Föhn storm during Christmas. Not a good thing for riding powder. But the weather might change at the end of next week and the northern Alps get some powder. This is visible on the GFS model, but not (yet?) on the European model. So far, the French southern Alps and the other regions of the southern Alps are the place to be.
Another update tomorrow.