Two mild days in the Alps followed on Wednesday and Thursday, after a magical Monday and a fresh Tuesday. It became warm on southern slopes with about 4 degrees at 2000 meters altitude and we have seen many 'Gleitschnee' avalanches. On the eastern and northern faces however there was still plenty of powder to be found.
A weak front passed the northwest of the Alps last night and that brought around 5-10, locally 15 cm of fresh snow above 1800 meters. The snow line was first around 1500 meters, but later dropped to 1000 meters. Friday starts prettty cold, but it will rapidly get warmer on the northern side of the Alps due to a light southern Föhn. It is clearly colder on the south side of the Alps.
The same story on Saturday. An even weaker front touches the northwest, while it is mild with a southern Föhn. The differences between north and south are clear, especially on Saturday afternoon. As a result, the coldest snow can mainly be found in the inneralpine areas just south of the main alpine ridge this weekend.
The southern Föhn will get a little stronger on the approach of an active storm with multiple fronts on Sunday. The high pressure area above the Alps loses its grip, making way for a cold northern current. This results first and foremost in a west to south-western current with snow for parts of the southern Alps. From the moment the storm continues to the east, the road is clear for a strong northern current which will bring lots of snow deep into the valleys.
Saturday will be pretty sunny, but some higher clouds from the west can move into the Alps in the course of Sunday. On the approach of a new storm, the wind turns south with a clear Föhn trend on the north side of the Alps. The sunny weather invites you to go touring. There is a lot of snow pretty much everywhere and with the sun it is ideal to stick the skins under your skis or board and go deeper into the backcountry. Check your local avalanche forecast, mark out some routes and enjoy! Pretty much everything is tracked close the slopes, but who is willing to hike or skin will have a nice weekend. The temperature will go into the plus during the day, but the nights are clear and cold. Especially on the northern slopes there is still enough fresh powder to be found.
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Stay stoked, Morris