A combination of powerful high-pressure areas over Russia and Scandinavia ensures that storm depressions are forced to head for the Mediterranean in the coming week. As a result, the Alps will be affected by a southeastern to southwestern this week, which will bring a lot of snow (and rain) to the northwest of Italy and the bordering areas. In this forecast:
Thursday and Friday were two good powder days (as expected). But in the meantime the current has turned to the south and the weekend is mild. For the first time the so-called 'Tagesgang' is consistently reported in the avalanche forecasts. This means that we are dealing with spring and that planning your tour carefully is necessary not to be surprised by wet snow avalanches in the afternoon. This is also reflected in the blogs of the avalanche services.
The current will remain south the next couple of days and it will remain mild on the northern side of the Alps. There is a Föhn wind in the forecast for Switzerland and Austria. A Föhn is a mild wind that warms up the snow cover and can locally result in windslabs in the high alpine.
Because the current turns to the south, clouds are pushed from the Po-valley against the south side of the Alps, which from time to time results in a lot of snow between Sunday afternoon and Thursday.
The Föhn will be strong on the north side of the Alps in the coming days. At the same time, it is snowing in the northwest of Italy. The bordering areas in France and Switzerland will also get some fresh snow. The snow line is initially high (1500-1900 meters), but drops towards 1200-1600 meters in the course of the week. The weather in the Alps will look a bit like this:
PowderAlert #28 is ON, but this is certainly not a cold smoke blower pow alert. You will only find dry snow above 1700-2000 meters in the coming days. In addition, it's April and the sun is already strong. In short, you have to search for resorts at high altitude. Ideal are those areas where the larches grow high and on northern slopes so that you have plenty of perspective during the snowfall of the coming days. Another advantage: the snow is not directly heated by the sun. There will be a powder alert for the following regions the next couple of days:
From Thursday also in:
Please be aware of an increasing avalanche risk, that might result in the temporary closure of (parts of) the ski areas.
Are there still ski areas open in the regions mentioned above? Hell yes. And not only there. Because of the thick snow cover after an excellent winter, some areas have decided to stay open longer. Up to and including early May, you can still score powder in many alpine countries.
A few nice days in the Piedmont are coming, but be aware that it is April.
Stay stoked Morris