Lots of snow came down and especially in the Ecrins and around the Mont Viso (on the border of Italy and France) it remained cold enough to preserve the quality of the snow above 2400 meters. The temperatures were quite low around the Stelvio as well. It was a different story in the rest of the Alps. It was initially still snowing (and the Föhn was pretty strong on the north side of the Alps), but the temperatures rose rapidly and the snow line ended up at around 2800 meters.
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The snowfall of the last 48 hours brought good touring conditions to the border of Italy and France today. Just drive up to the Col d'Agnel or the Colle di Sestrière, skin up and ride some fresh pow!
It's also pretty good around the Col d'Agnel and the Stelvio. But it was still cloudy this morning at the Stelvio and with incoming high temperatures this could result in heavy snow pretty soon. The freezing level over there is around 2500 meters today and the facts that there are so many clouds allows the warm air to influence all expositions of the mountain, including the north faces.
The most snow came down around the Stelvio and the Mont Viso the last couple of days. The measuring station at the Col d'Agnel is showing a snow cover of 57 centimeters and they had 63 centimeters of freshies the last couple of days.
The temperature is rising from the moment it started snowed, so the window to go out on a tour is pretty short. It was still below zero degrees this morning, but the temperature is rising fast.
The temperature will keep rising this weekend.
The webcams show great images, even though the temperature is rising. Great images, especially for the ones who can't be in the mountains right now.
Cold air will return to the Alps on Wednesday. It's coming from the northwest this time and this will result in snowfall for the north side of the Alps.
Our models forecast around 20-35 cm of snow for the northern Alps at the moment. This would be a great layer of snow again for the glaciers in Switzerland and Austria. With some luck we could ride some freshies at the end of next week.
It's not quite clear what will happen after this dump. One model forecasts warm air from the south, while the other forecasts cold air from the east. We'll see what happens.
Stay stoked! Morris