The weather in Europe is dominated by super storm Evi. There is a weather alert in a lot of countries and there's a warning for strong wind and a lot of snow. You can check all the warnings on meteoalarm.eu. The avalanche danger in the northwest of the Alps will rise (or is already) HIGH right now. This will be a something to have a close look at when the temperature temporarily rises on Thursday and the snow will become a bit heavier. Fortunately it will get colder again, it will start snowing and the wind won't be that strong anymore. In this forecast:
I already wrote a lot about super storm Evi yesterday. Check out [this forecast] (https://wepowder.com/en/forum/topic/253438) for all the details. In short, it comes down to this:
The higher temperatures on Thursday will temporarily result in a rising snow line and this means that the moist air won't improve the tree runs. So it's far from perfect. The wind is coming from the southwest and is still pretty strong.
You can expect about 100-150 cm, locally even 200 cm of fresh snow in the northern French Alps and western Switzerland. In the rest of the northern Alps this will be about 20-50 cm, locally 80 cm.
Lots of fresh snow, fluctuating temperatures and a lot of wind. That is a cocktail that guarantees a rapidly rising avalanche danger. Add that a considerable layer of surface hoar has developed in many places in the Alps the last few days and all conditions for a very tricky situation are there. The avalanche danger is pretty critical, so take it easy! I still have some additions to make a choice where to go:
Wednesday is a great day for tree runs. Forget about Thursday (rising temperatures) and wait for the cold front that'll come in on Friday. Ride powder below the tree line. It will be quite dangerous above the tree line. Stay away from the faces that are too steep and pick a face that's not that steep with trees. You'll find plenty of them in the northwest. The wind will calm down on Saturday and Sunday and it's still snowing. There's a 'tree run alert' for the northwest of the Alps this weekend. Think about tree runs in the northern French Alps, the west and north of Switzerland and Vorarlberg.
Do you still don't know if you should go or not? I would go. Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be great days. The temperature will rise after that and the snow line will rise again.
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