Bam, it has been snowing in the high alpine of the Alps. Up to 1 meter of fresh snow came down locally in the high alpine since Sunday and between 30-70 cm of snow came down on average above 2300 meters. The ski areas at high altitude have seen the conditions improve again.
Below 2000 meters, on the other hand, the base quickly becomes thin. It was colder with some snowfall yesterday, but as announced the quantities of snow below 2000 meters were limited. The snow will also have a hard time the coming days. We are now in step 2 of the forecast from yesterday: a new storm with mild temperatures and a high snowline, but step 3 is looming in the distance: there comes winter. In this weather forecast:
A new storm brings humidity and mild temperatures. The jetstream is too far north and the Alps have to deal with mild air. Some fronts will gently touch the northeast of the Alps up to and including Friday. This results in another 10-40 cm of fresh snow above 2000 meters, but rain in the valleys. It's a prelude to the drop in temperature that will follow.
The cold front below follows in the course of Friday. Storm Marielou, who is still far away on the Atlantic on Thursday, then sends an active cold front towards the Alps. And those who look further to the west see another new storm. Yes, the jetstream is on fire!
The storm that follows Marielou opens the door to winter. Cold and warm fronts still follow each other during the weekend, but winter really kicks in from Sunday. The dynamics that the cold and warm fronts cause make the weekend uncomfortable. The snow line goes up and down, the wind comes from varying directions (varying from southwest to north) and that wind is also often really strong. The snow line fluctuates between 600 and 1300 meters, the wind speeds can reach 100 km/h and there is a lot of snow coming down!
The forecast for this weekend:
Because of the stormy weather, the large amounts of snow and the lack of a base, there's no PowderAlert for the weekend. The heavy snowfall is forecasted on Sunday and it still snows in the north from Monday. The view is very bad on Sundays due to fresh snow and a lot of wind. Of course, you can just go out next weekend and you will certainly be able to ride some powder, but keep in mind that the weather is very unstable. The weather improves quickly after the weekend and therefore PowderAlert #2 is ON after the weekend!
More details and where to go tomorrow!
Stay stoked, Morris