It started snowing heavily on the south side of the main alpine ridge in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday. The quantities vary from 5 to 30 cm of fresh snow and it is still snowing on the south side of the Alps. At the same time, there's a strong Föhn wind in Austria, which will be gone by the end of this afternoon/evening when the cold air comes in. It will also start snowing again in the northern French Alps and the rest of the northern Alps from that moment. In this forecast:
I've already described extensively what the weather will look like in the coming days yesterday. Today, that prediction is still standing strong with some minor changes. Check out the forecast from yesterday. As announced, it is now snowing heavily on the south side of the main alpine ridge. Check out the images below from Puy Saint Vincent, Madesimo and San Domenico.
Check out the highlights for Wednesday and Thursday below:
Thursday and Friday are powder days. The snow from Wednesday and Thursday result in great conditions and the tree runs are in great shape in many places. Tips for the coming days are the following regions:
Please be aware of the wind. Both before, during and after the storm, the wind has transported a lot of snow. This will increase the probability of wind slabs. Keep in mind that it's also very busy in the Alps and there can be some powder panic. Always ride with your head!
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A warm front enters the Alps on Friday. You can see that front on the map above. This front already brings snow to the French Alps after lunch and to Switzerland and the west of Austria later that day. The snow line rises during the day towards the 1600 meters and perhaps even higher. Warmer air arrives into the northern Alps on Saturday morning. You can expect precipitation with a snow line that rises (perhaps even to 2000-2200 meters) in the French northern Alps, Switzerland and Austria in the course of the Saturday. It will be dry and mild on Sunday, but because there's a new storm approaching the wind will be strong.
The cold front above (the blue line) is expected in the Alps around New Year. The timing is not entirely certain yet, but it would be nice to toast with fresh flakes falling down. Then go to bed quickly, because it looks like 2018 starts with a powder day.
There's some more trouble on the snow maps for the days after New Year's Day, with a shifting snow line. More about that later this week. But enjoy the next couple of days first!
Stay stoked, Morris