Last Saturday I published the forecast and I thought that Andermatt would be one of the resorts that would really got hit by the snowfall, because of the wavy warm front and the incoming cold air. There was already some snow over there and it is already relatively cool. The cold air seemed to reach Andermatt on Wednesday and I expected the snow line to drop to 1000 meters. Now the dump from the west is behind us, it's time to have a look at the results. And the Gotthard region, including Andermatt, has received a considerable amount of snow and next weekend (15-16 November) the lifts open there.
You can see on the snowmap of Switzerland that most of the snow came down in the Gotthard region, with one remark. The map below is showing the snow that came down the last three days at an altitude between 1000 and 2000 meters. Because of the high temperatures, the snow line was pretty high at first and most of the snow therefore came down above 2500 meters.
But even then the Gotthard region is the winner. There was a whopping 247 centimeter of fresh snow, which led to a snow cover of 150 centimeters. Because of the settling, wind, mass of the snow cover itself and temperature, this incredible amount of fresh snow settled to 150 centimeters and that will continue the next couple of days.
The rest of Switzerland also got their share of snow and updates from the Alps again today.
5/11 11.45 Traffic chaos in Tirol and Voralberg
The cold air has now reached the west of Austria. After the Föhn storm yesterday they had around 20-50 centimeters of freshies and the snow line locally dropped to 700 meters. The high temperatures that were expected this morning will probably cause wet spontaneous avalanches. Many trucks on the roads in the west of Austria are now stuck.
5/11 11.30 Switzerland is white
It's white on pretty much of every webcam image. Switzerland got the most snow and the snow line was the lowest of the alpine countries.