Cold air arrived in the eastern parts of Austria last night. It snowed heavily in the pre-Alps and the main alpine ridge (and basically everything south of it) had to deal with heavy wind from the north. Lots of snow in the main alpine ridge has been transported and in the meantime it's snowing in the pre-Alps. The snow line dropped to 900(!) meters and you can find a nice snow cover at 1100 meters on the border of Steiermark and Nieder-Österreich. Let's check out the webcams and measuring stations.
And it's even white at lower altitude!
A look at the measuring stations says it all.
But there are also some heavy winds. If you go deeper into the Alps you have to deal with heavy winds. Check out the flags on the Grossglocknerstrasse. If you look closely you'll also se signs of wind in the Gasteinertal.
The strong current from the north will loose some of its power and will turn to the east. This will end the northern Stau, but the weather will remain unstable. It's still pretty cold and there's plenty of humidity in the air to let it snow above 1500 meters from time to time. Don't expect too much though, simply because the current is less powerful and doesn't come straight from the north anymore.
With the current turning to the east, the Italian Po-valley is filled with moist air and with the current coming from the southeast on Saturday and Sunday, this will bring some freshies to the Ortler and Monte Rosa regions. The sun will come out again on Sunday in the northern Alps (you might even go out for a tour on an alpine meadow), but on the south side of the main alpine ridge it will start snowing, with a snow line dropping to 1500 meters.
The sun will come out after Monday and the Alps can get ready for a new storm. This one is coming from the west with pretty warm air that will bring snow to the glaciers.
It is autumn, and the battle between warm air in the south and cold air in the north has begun. You can expect heavy storms heading to the Alps, some with warm air, others with cold air. And it might snow from time to time. Summer is definitely over. Winter is coming!
Stay stoked, Morris