Up to 40 cm of freshies for Austria!


By meteomorris on 19 October 2016 · 0

The snow plough was ready for action on the Grossglockner Strasse this morning. There's snow on its way to Austria and this will result in great conditions on the Austrian glaciers on Friday and Saturday when the sun will come out. I expect 15-30 cm of freshies, locally even 40 cm and this will result in great conditons on the slopes of the glaciers!

In this forecast:

  • Snow for the eastern Alps
  • Great conditions on the Austrian glaciers on Friday and Saturday

The snow plough is ready
The snow plough is ready

A look at our snow maps shows nicely that the snow is concentrated on the eastern part of Austria.

Mostly snowfall for the east of the Alps
Mostly snowfall for the east of the Alps

The eastern part of the Alps is sandwiched between two low-pressure areas between Wednesday and Thursday. You can expect the most intense snowfall in this region.

Eastern Alps in a sandwhich
Eastern Alps in a sandwhich

The snowline will be between 1600 and 2000 meters today, but will drop toward the 1200-1600 meter and locally even lower in the night to Thursday. You can expect around 15-30 cm of freshies on the glaciers and even more Hohe Tauern. There's not much wind and that's pretty positive for the snowfall.

Great conditions on the Austrian glaciers on Friday and Saturday

The sun returns on Friday and I expect this to be a great day. It will really feel like winter on the glaciers thanks to the fresh snow and the low temperatures. A southern Föhn will kick in on Saturday and the wind will influence the snow in the high alpine. The wind will be even stronger on Sunday.

Föhn from the south kicking in
Föhn from the south kicking in

The sun will come out on the south side of the main alpine ridge at the same time. There's a big storm approaching which is close to Portugal and this will result in the wind turning south and warm air heading for the Alps.

It's not quite certain how the weather patterns will develop next week. Cold air above Russia will find its way west and a storm from Portugal is moving to the Mediterranean. I'll let you know how this will influence the weather in the Alps later this week.

Powder advice for the next couple of days:

  • Ride powder on the glaciers in Austria
  • Stay on the slopes. The snow cover is still thin and there are many crevasses out there.

Stay stoked. Morris


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