It was snowing in the Alps today. A small front moved into the Alps and brought 10-30 cm. That's enough for a small PowderAlert. The sun will come out on Thursday. Friday will be sunny as well, but it will start snowing (and lots of rain will come down as well) again from Saturday till Monday. It seems to be the prelude to a relatively mild second week of March. In this forecast:
It has been snowing in the Alps since Tuesday. A reasonably active front is currently moving from west to east across the Alps. This leads to the most snowfall in the northwest of the Alps and in and around the main alpine ridge in Austria. It will continue to snow until Wednesday night. 10-30, maybe 40 cm of fresh snow came down. Just enough or just not enough for a PowderAlert. You need to be lucky tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. Where the snow falls on top of a hard base layer, it is just not enough, but where the current base is still soft there is enough to ride powder on Thursday and Friday.
It was still snowing on the south side of the Alps earlier this week, but it mainly snowed in the west, the northwest and the main alpine ridge in Austria today. The temperature temporarily drops, the snow line drops as well and some cold snow came down. The sun comes out on Thursday and you can certainly find some good snow. The course of the weather will look something like this the next couple of days:
The föhn chart above clearly shows how the Alps will have to start to deal will a strong current from the south from Thursday. The föhn storm from the south is ON from Saturday. This means mild weather on the north side of the Alps and southern Stau on the south side of the Alps. You'll notice this first in the western Alps, but the Föhn will hit Austria as well from Sunday.
The chart above clearly shows that the Föhn will reach Austria on Sunday. A very powerful storm depression over the British Isles sends very mild air to the Alps with a southern current. At the same time, there is a small low-pressure area west of the Alps that will provide some extra dynamic.
The Alps will have to deal with the storm above from this weekend. A lot of moisture is pressed against the southern Alps with a southwestern current. This causes snow (and rain) in the southern Alps and Föhn on the northern side of the Alps. According to the latest calculations, this weekend will look like this:
It will be a difficult weekend to ride powder with good visibility this weekend. It will be difficult due to the Föhn on the north side of the main alpine ridge. The challenge on the south side of the Alps will be to find powder in the trees. I think it will be possible to find acceptable treeruns on Saturday and Sunday. The sweet spot of the precipitation will probably be around the Gotthard and the southern Engadin, but this might change. For those who really want to go next weekend, there are some opportunities. It certainly will not be as epic as last week, but I'm going to do my best to help you make the most out of it in the coming days.
It looks like the second week of March will be mild.
Stay stoked. Morris