It is snowing heavily in the French Southern Alps and the west and south of the Italian Piedmont since Thursday evening. It is the prelude to a challenging weekend with snow and wind from all directions. In the following video forecast an extensive outlook of coming weekend.
It's already snowing heavily in the south as you can see on the images below. An infinite flow of flakes is coming down at the moment and it's expanding to the rest of the western and southern Alps later today.
PA #12 is a difficult alert. Snow comes from all directions, the wind is coming from all directions, from time to time even strong to very strong and the temperature goes up and down. This tricky context makes one thing certain: it will be a tricky weekend as far as the avalanche danger is concerned.
The avalanche danger couldn't be higher (5 on a scale of 5) in parts of the French Alps and the conditions will at least be challenging in the rest of the Alps. Therefore, check your local avalanche forecast every day and adapt your plans to it. Your local avalanche forecast can be found on every village page, but also every ski area page on wePowder (in the snow safety block) so you can be sure that you have the local avalanche forecast, but you can also visit this site).
Dare to say NO and postpone your trip if you do not have enough knowledge. The snow cover will settle in the coming days and the conditions will improve.
First of all: Check the avalanche forecast and adapt your plans to it. It's probably the best to ride between the trees this weekend, much lower on the mountain. The advice where to ride the next couple of days looks like this:
It is mild in the east of the Alps. It snows heavily with a southern current in the main alpine ridge of Austria and the areas south of it, especially on the Italian side it can snow a lot. The snow line is very low because of the cold air in the valleys, but the supplied air is mild and the snow line will rise in the course of the day to 900 to 1700 meters. In short, Föhn in the north of Austria and some rain or snow at high altitude. On the south side a lot of snow, but a rising snow line. Not ideal.
3. Sunday The current turns to the north due the low pressure area which is moving to the east. It gets colder fast and the warm humid air that is still to the north of the Alps is getting stuck between the Alps and the incoming cold air. The result is a rapidly dropping snow line and fresh snow for the north of the Alps. Timing is still a thing. In short:
It's a difficult weekend. High pressure will temporarily take over after the weekend. The sun will come out. Monday will be a sunny day in large parts of the Alps.
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Stay stoked, Morris