Joaquin, the former hurricane that brought lots of rain to the Americain east coast is approaching the European continent. The positive thing is that the maps are indicating that Joaquin will bring some hurricane powder. Joaquin couldn't really decide on where to go the last couple of days, but a powerful high pressure area above Europe, Joaquin was forced to follow a path towards the Mediterranean. Exactly like I hoped he would do when I wrote my forecast on Monday. In addition, I noted the following: "If someone can bring in some cold air, we might hit the jackpot". All the elements seem to come together and our snow maps are showing the first signs of hurricane powder.
It is still far away and details can, or better said will, shift the next couple of days, but the perspective is very positive. How did that happen?
Well it's pretty simple. Low pressure in the Mediterranean Sea and high pressure over Russia and the Atlantic ensure that moist air from above the Mediterranean comes into contact with cold air from the north and east. The expectation is that this won't bring some fireworks until sometime between next Tuesday and Thursday.
I'll keep watching the maps this weekend and new snowmaps are published on our forecast page every day. I will share the important updates with you in the comments and will publish a new analysis on Monday.