PA #13: Too much snow in the east!

By meteomorris on 30 January 2014 · 2

Boy, oh boy, ain't the incoming reports sweet or what? You could easily find plenty of powder in the northern and western Alps on Thursday and in the meantime it started snowing in the southern Alps. It already did in the French southern Alps and the Piemonte on Wednesday and it started in the other regions of the southern Alps on Thursday. And with consequences. There's a snow-warning for parts of Austria and Italy.

Snow warning
Snow warning

Hell breaks at the border with Italy
Hell breaks at the border with Italy

You can expect around 100-200 centimeters of freshies in those regions till Saturday morning. The snow will get more humid below 1500 meters on Friday and there's a big chance of spontaneous wet snow avalanches below 1400-1800 meters and spontaneous dry snow avalanches above 1500 meters. The avalanche danger in the Dolomites, the Alpe di Giulia, Trentino and Süd-Tirol is now high or even very high. That's five on a scale of five.

Avalanche danger 5
Avalanche danger 5

My advice is, due to the large amounts of snow, the slowly rising temperatures and the wind, not to go to the eastern resorts in the southern Alps east for at least the next 48 hours. It will simply be too deep and too dangerous. You'd better go to the southern Alps west and the southern Alps central. Less freshies, but still quite a lot, but less dangerous. And hey, isn't the picture below from Bardonecchia looking sweet!?

Bardo on Thursday
Bardo on Thursday

So, if you can still choose, avoid the southern Alps east. Too much snow, rising temperatures, too dangerous. More details for the weekend tomorrow!


  • Pablo
    Pablo op 31 January 2014 · 13:20
    as allways thanks for the info Morris. What about Wallis (Verbier or Zinal)? I really need fresh pow in good conditions.
  • meteomorris
    meteomorris op 31 January 2014 · 19:16
    @Pablo, Rothwald is better. They did recieve more fresh snow.
    Check this movie about Rothwald:
    May the powder be with you.


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