The jet stream is leaving the Alps alone and the heavy snowfall is behind us. It's time to look back at the storm that closed highways in the heart of Spain, that immersed the Italian Piedmont on Monday, shut down villages (like Zermatt) and brought even more snow to the French southern Alps and the rest of the southern Alps in the night to Tuesday. It really was a special storm and I definitely recommend that you read this live blog again to see how special it was. But for those who want to focus on the future, this is the outlook: the weather calms down, there is still a lot of powder to be found in the southwest and the south of the Alps, the avalanche danger slowly drops, the sun is shining the next couple of days and there's a new storm coming in from Sunday/Monday. PA #10 is still ON and PA #11 will follow next week. In this forecast:
It was a very special storm and I can write many words about this unique storm, but the images say it all.
The enormous snow masses make sure that the snow pack is stabilizing. It's easier for a snow pack of snow of 1 to 2 meters to settle than three thin layers of less than 10 centimeters. A lot of snow leads to a temporary high or even extreme avalanche danger, but will become a more stable snow pack later this week. If you plan on driving to the Alps the next couple of days:
High pressure will be dominating the weather in the Alps the next couple of days. It is relatively cold and the sun is shining. Storm depressions seem to find their way back to the Alps only by the end of the weekend. A lot of fresh snow, sunshine and low temperatures. PowderAlert #10 is therefore ON.
I've presented my list of recommendations for PowderAlert #10 last Friday. That list is still going strong. Do you want more tips? Have a look at the following snow map of the past three days, go to our forecast page and have a look at the destinations located there. There is a good chance that you will find some nice gems to ride some powder in the next couple of days. Good luck!
The weather will be nice this weekend, but there's a new storm coming in after the weekend. The exact storm path currently varies from day to day. So you can expect PowderAlert #11 after the weekend and simply wait with booking your accommodation. It is low season in the Alps right now. Take it easy and I'll tell you this weekend where you have to be for PA #11 next week.
Stay stoked, Morris