Another 30-90 centimeters of freshies will come down in the French northern Alps and western Switzerland until Thursday. But the temperatures will rise this weekend, which makes it a bit harder on choosing a destination. Fortunately, the temperatures will drop after the weekend and there's even snow for the southern Alps in the forecast. But can the resorts east of the Arlberg in Austria expect some snowfall as well? In this forecast:
Around 30-70 cm of freshies came down in the French Alps and western Switzerland since Sunday evening. Far less snow came down further to the east and south. Big exception is the Arlberg region (and the Kleinwalsertal) where they got 30-50 cm of freshies since Saturday.
First, please note that there is still a HIGH avalanche danger above 2200 meters. Saty as much as possible below 2200 meters and avoid slopes steeper than 35 degrees, and slopes with steep faces above you. Keep in mind that the wind transported a lot of snow in the high alpine. Small bowls and alpine meadows are the place to be today and tomorrow! Today will be a good day, with the sun coming out in the west. Perhaps the best powder day so far this season!
Today you'll find the best conditions in:
The conditions are improving in:
A weak front will approach the northwest of the Alps on Wednesday. Expect some flurries with the sun coming out once in a while. New storm depression mayhem will kick in on Thursday. An active warm front reaches the French Alps on Thursday morning. It will snow deep into the valleys at first, but the snow line will rise to 1200-1700 meters in the French Alps and around 800-1000 meters in the Arlberg. The front is approaching from the southwest on Thursday. I expect the first snow to come down south of the Ecrins (Vars-Risoul, Puy. St Vincent, etc) on Thursday morning and it will extend to the French Alps and the west of Switzerland. It will reach the Arlberg by noon and this results in the snow map below:
More snow is expected on Friday and a cold front will kick in on Friday night. Saturday will be a great day!
Fresh snow in the northwest of the Alps and a cold front in the night to Saturday. The heavier snow that comes down on Thursday and Friday will get an cold layer of freshies. Perfect! Saturday will start sunny and this will be a beautiful day in the northwest of the Alps. But the wind turns to the southwest on Saturday and we can expect the first southern Stau this winter. Snow for the southern Alps! Italy, are you ready?? Do you remember what it looks like? Because this is pretty much the first snow of the winter, it pays not to go to the Southern Alps this weekend. And therefore the recommendation for this weekend will be the northwestern Alps (again). Keep in mind that a Föhn wind can kick in on Saturday and it can snow intense in the southern Alps. The precipitation will cross the main alpine ridge on Sunday and it will also start snowing in the northwest (again). My tips for the weekend:
You'll find the best conditions in resorts above 1800 meters this weekend in:
You'll also find good snow above 1500 meters in resorts around:
A new storm cycle will kick in on Monday. The exact ath is still not quite sure, but it looks like the French Alps, but also the southern Alps will get a lot of snow. The current will turn from southwest to northwest and possibly even to the north. These are the first indications for the first northern Stau in 2016. Yes, you read that right. It just might happen that a northern Stau (that will also hit the east of the Alps) will arrive at the party called 'Powpow Winter 2016' next week. It is still pretty speculative, but the maps are looking good.
Well, you know where you need to be today, tomorrow and during the weekend. The northwest of the Alps definitely has the best cards. Chances of snow for the Southern Alps will increase after the weekend and perhaps even a northern Stau will kick in.
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