It starts snowing heavily in the northwest of the Alps today. An active storm will send cold air to the Alps and we can ride powder again in about 24 hours. But don't wait too long. The current is turning to the northwest on Friday and this results in a southern Föhn and snowfall in the southern Alps. The current will turn to the northwest again after the weekend and we can expect some snow in the northern Alps. In this forecast:
It's the beginning of February and we're 'only' at PowderAlert #6, but next 72 hours will be fine. A cold front will hit the Alps from the northwest on Wednesday and this will result in freshies in the night from Wednesday to Thursday. The sun will come out from the west on Thursday, but it might snow in Austria for a while. The snow line will be deep in the valleys, but will rise to 1500 meters on Friday. But it will be great days in the northwest of the Alps anyway. You'll find the best conditions from Hasliberg in the west to the Kleinwalsertal in the east (in regions: the Berner Oberland, Vorarlberg and the west of Tyrol). This leads to the PowderAdvice below:
Friday will be pretty good in the north of the Salzburgerland and Steiermark, but the temperature will rise rapidly pretty soon after Friday.
The first southern Stau of the season is getting closer and closer. It looks like it will happen this Saturday. Sunday just might be a day with lots of snow for the southern Alps. And as icing on the cake the current probably will turn to the northwest and the rest of the Alps will get snow as well. Check out this amazing snow map!
If the maps are correct, than PowderAlert #7 will be epic! But let's first enjoy PowderAlert #6!
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Stay stoked. Morris