After the snowfall on Sunday, a Genoa-low follows with snow for the French Alps and northeastern Italy. Some changeable weather with a mix of sun and precipitation on Wednesday, but a new storm cycle will follow with at least two storms for the Alps from Thursday.
November starts with snow for the high alpine. Ideal, because snowfall in October is often just a little too early. The sun is already a bit lower in November and the snow cover can start to build up. This morning I woke up with these wonderful images from the Alps. I forgot to include my beloved Corvastch. The lifts on the Corvatsch will open in 21 days and the first base is there.
Three weeks remain to bring enough snow to the Corvatsch. Nothing better if Super Mario Land is in shape at the opening and we already ride pillows at the end of November. The Corvatsch is typically an area where the early season can be damn good. The location in the main alpine ridge ensures that storms from the southwest come to bring snow early in the winter.
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Clouds from the west came in on Monday. It is already snowing in the western Alps and with the approach of a new storm the snowfall will intensify. The satellite image below shows how the clouds from the west entered the Alps again.
It is the prelude to another 36 hours of snow. With a western to southwestern flow, clouds are pressed against the French Alps and the eastern Alps. First of all, it snows in the French Alps and the far west of Switzerland. The snowfall spreads to the east on Tuesday. In particular the Ortler and the areas in and to the south of the Austrian main alpine ridge will then have to deal with extra snow. Expect around 20-50 cm with locally even 60 cm. The snow line first fluctuates around 2000 meters, but later drops to 1100 to 1600 meters. Significant snow fall is expected above 2100 meters. Good news for the high alpine again in short.
It starts to itch when the first snow starts falling in the high alpine. But mind you, it is still pre-season. The first dump came down in the past 48 hours and more dumps are still needed. Especially because only glacier areas are currently open. The glaciers did not do well during the warm summer and new crevasses were added in addition to the existing ones.
After a relatively quiet Wednesday, a new storm cycle will follow from Thursday. At least two storms are going to bring significant precipitation to the Alps. The first 10 days of SNOWvember do what they have to do: bring the base for a new winter.
Whoever wants to see what the new storm cycle will bring can have a look at our snow forecast maps. Both the short and the long term are promising.
Stay stoked, Morris