PowderAlert #1 is ON in the southern Alps: lots of snow around the Simplon


By meteomorris on 20 November 2018 · 1

It has become a bit colder in central Europe. Cold air is supplied by the eastern current, and this can be seen in the temperatures that are just below the long-term average. But if we look at Europe as a whole, we are no more than an island of low temperatures.

blue is colder, orange warmer than normal
blue is colder, orange warmer than normal

If we look at the entire northern hemisphere, we are not alone. It is much colder than normal in the east of North America and winter has started over there. They were also riding fresh powder in recent days on the east coast and that is quite exceptional for the resorts that are best known for their icy slopes (they call it the Ice Coast for a reason). But if we look at the Northern Hemisphere as a whole, then the temperature is in the plus. It is + 0'6 degrees warmer than normal, which fits in with the trend of global warming that we have seen in recent decades.

Temperature deviation today
Temperature deviation today

Snow in the southern Alps

A front crossed the Alps yesterday. This locally resulted in some light snowfall on the north side of the main alpine ridge, but it mostly snowed on the south side of the Alps. A large part of the clouds was pressed against the Monte Rosa massif in the Italian Piedmont, where 10-35 cm of fresh snow came down. Also the border area of Italy, Slovenia and Austria recorded a lot of fresh snow (about 10-35 cm).

Words are good, pictures are better. It snowed around the Simplon and Monte Rosa. You will find ski resorts on the Italian side like Alpe Devero, San Domenico, Macugnaga, Alagna and Gressoney, while on the Swiss side you can go to Zermatt, Saas Fee and Rothwald.

Snow at 850 m. altitude
Snow at 850 m. altitude

Alpe Devero
Alpe Devero

San Domenico
San Domenico

Punta Jolanda, Gressoney
Punta Jolanda, Gressoney

Monte Rosa
Monte Rosa

It's quite the same in the triangle Italy, Slovenia and Austria. The mountains aren't that high here, but the campsite of Nassfeld is white, the parking lot of Sella Nevea as well and it looks winter in Tarvisio.

Happy campers
Happy campers

Deep winter
Deep winter

It still snows lightly in this region today. In the meantime, there isn't much snow coming down in the northern Alps. The artificial snow machines run at full speed to guarantee an early start. The white spots in the landscape of Zell am See and Oberstdorf say it all. There are still a number of storms needed here before the conditions are in line with parts of the Southern Alps.

Zell am See
Zell am See

Oberstdorf
Oberstdorf

More snow in the forecast for parts of the southern Alps next week

As previously announced, it remains unstable on the southern side of the Alps. Due to high pressure on the northern side of the Alps, storm depressions remain remote and they choose a southern path. That resulted in snowfall on the south side of the Alps yesterday, today and will also bring snow on Wednesday. It is expected to be dry on Thursday, after which a new storm will come in. This comes from the southwest with good chances for the French southern Alps and the rest of the southern Alps. Our snow map for the coming days looks like this, but due to the lack of a jet stream, some changes may still occur. If you want to look at everything in detail, click on our forecast maps.

Snow forecast until Saturday
Snow forecast until Saturday

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PowderAlert#1...

The first PowderAlert of winter 18-19 will be ON this weekend. There is plenty of snow on the south side of the Alps and the lifts are open. In addition, a lot of fresh came down the last couple of days and there is a good chance that there will be even more snow coming down on Friday/Saturday. Which day of the weekend will be the best? My best bet would be Sunday right now. It all depends on the clouds and the precipitation. More about that later this week!

You will find a list of ski resorts here with natural snow, fresh snow coming up and lifts that are (almosyt) running. I will tell you where you can find the best powder later this week. In short: do you have time in the weekend, are you hungry for powder and willing to drive to the southern Alps? PowderAlert #1 is coming up.

What about the northern Alps and France?

There's no significant snow in the forecast up to and including the weekend. Although a northern kick-back can provide some white entertainment. What happens after the weekend is not clear yet. Models do not yet see a jet stream that's on fire, but some openings have been found. More about this later this week.

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Stay stoked, Morris

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  • meteomorris
    Expert
    meteomorris op 20 November 2018 · 16:12
    Huge differences between North and South at the moment.

    Without artificial snow it would have been tough to ski all the way to the Alpin Centre at the Kitzsteinhorn (Kaprun). Check also the white lines of artificial snow in the back ground on the Schmittenhöhe (Zell am See)



    in the mean time 800 meters lower at Formazza (Northern Piemonte) there is already a snow cover that is 60 cm+



    But even on a smaller scale the differences can be significant.

    Chamonix this afternoon


    And on the other side to the Mont Blanc Tunnel, Courmayeur this afternoon
    May the powder be with you.

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