It is mild, very mild in the Alps. King Winter has already found its way to North America and western Norway. Even in Japan the winter started today. But there's no snowfall in the Alps... If you have enough money and time than I would recommend you to book a last-minute ticket to Canada or Norway. Winter is really starting there with lots of powder. And the Alps? The cards were giving us hope for the the 12th of December last Wednesday. Have things changed? In this forecast:
It will snow a little bit in the high alpine this weekend, but only at high altitude. Expect around 2-10 centimeters of freshies. It will give resorts like Val Thorens, Tignes and Verbier a white dusting of snow, but you can leave your snorkel at home. I wouldn't drive to the Alps this weekend, but if you're living there....well a bad day in the mountains is better than a good day at work.
It's still speculation. The Alps still have to deal with the high pressure area (except for the flakes that will come down on the 5th). Just like in November we just have to wait when the storm depressions will brake through this high pressure barrier. The American models speculate that this will happen around the 10th, but expect the storms to really hit the Alps from the 14th. The European models expect the comeback of winter around the 12th. It's all speculative. Winter will come back somewhere in the middle of December.
The good news is that it looks like that there's a big storm coming in right before Christmas. Talking about speculation on this one. But anyway, that's some relief for everybody who pre-booked their holidays during Christmas. PowderAlert #4 will come in December. We just have to be patient. The waiting game had begun.