Powder for the northeast and the southwest during Easter


By meteomorris on 21 March 2016 · 0

The countdown to Easter has started. Some days off combined with a much better snowcover than during Christmas. In addition, there's some precipitation visible on the maps. Will it be worth it to go to the Alps? And will there be a PowderAlert during Easter? If you are traveling to the Alps the next couple of days and you want to support wePowder and this forecast, book your accommodation using this link. We receive a small percentage of every booking made through this link and this helps us a lot to improve wePowder and advice you even better. Thanks in advance! In this forecast:

  • It's great weather to go for a tour
  • Adria-low Gaby brings snow to the northeast
  • Rising temperatures with snow for the southwest
  • PowderAdvice: go out on a tour and into the high alpine

It's great weather to go for a tour

You can still find great snow on north faces and in the trees days after the snowfall that came down during PowderAlert #12 in the Piedmont, because of the cold nights and low humidity to find enough powder on the steep northern slopes and protected forests. That applies not only to the Piedmont, but for the entire Alps. The next few days are therefore ideal to go on a tour. Please remember that the influence of the sun is increasing during the day. So get up early, ride some cold powder on north faces or go for a nice spring corn snow run on southern faces.

Adria-low Gaby
Adria-low Gaby

Adria-low Gaby brings snow to the northeast

A storm depression developed over the Mediterranean and it's heading east the next couple of days. This creates a north easterly current which will bring snow to the northeast of the Alps. The air temperature is pretty low and the snowline drops towards 800 meters or less. You can expect about 10-30 cm, locally even 45 cm of fresh snow between Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning. This snowfall will be accompanied by heavy winds. The snowpack already is subject to change because of the sun, and it will have to deal with some extra wind-drifted snow. You have to be really careful above the tree line, but you can definitely ride some powder on north faces between the trees. Not a PowderAlert, but with the right knowledge you can still have a lot of fun. You'll find the best conditions in the Northern Alps East.

Jetstream turns to the southwest
Jetstream turns to the southwest

Rising temperatures with snow for the southwest

The jetstream will turn to the southwest at the start of the weekend and warm air is brought to the Alps from the southwest. This will result in a southern Föhn in the northern Alps and rising chances of freshies in the southwest of the Alps.

Warm air from the southwest
Warm air from the southwest

The first precipitation is expected in the southwest and the southern Alps somewhere during Sunday. The snow line will be pretty high at first, but I expect it to drop on Monday. BUt it's possible that warm air will hit the Alps again right after (a pattern that we've seen a lot this winter). You could ride some powder in resorts that profit from a southwest Stau on Easter Monday and Tuesday. More details about that on Wednesdau or Thursday. Just wait a bit longer before booking your accommodation.

PowderAdvice: go out on a tour and into the high alpine

  • Go out on a tour! You'll probably find some good snow in lots of resorts in the Alps above 1500-2000 meters. Go out with a mountain guide if you don't have that much experience. You'll be surprised where those guys can bring you! And always carry an avalanche beacon, shovel and probe!
  • Thursday and Friday might be powder days in the northeast of the Alps.
  • Powder at high altitude in the southwest from Sunday.

Next update on Wednesday!

Stay stoked! Morris


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