One more day of snowfall for the southern Alps, western Alps are next!


By Arjen on 9 December 2020 · 2

Even today heavy snowfall in the eastern Southern Alps, like here in Innichen
Even today heavy snowfall in the eastern Southern Alps, like here in Innichen

Plenty of snowfall in the Southern Alps again. After a short period of calmer weather yesterday, a southern current again brought a lot of snow in the eastern part of the Southern Alps. Even today, this current continues and can add a considerable amount of snow. The Carnic Alps can receive an extra 30 to possibly 50 centimeters on top of the immense amounts of the past days. The avalanche danger in these regions therefore remains considerable! From Friday, the Western Alps will finally get hit by a beautiful western current. In total, expect around 30 centimeters of snow in the French Northern Alps and Switzerland.

Tons of snow in Mörtschach (Osttirol) at about 900 meters altitude
Tons of snow in Mörtschach (Osttirol) at about 900 meters altitude

Today's snow map
Today's snow map

Snow for a large part of the Alps

The regions that have been heavilt hit in recent days can again receive 30 to 50 centimeters of snow today. For example, Obertilliach has already received around 30 centimeters in the past 24 hours, but another 30 centimeters can fall here today. Especially in the morning it continues to snow here, but in the course of the afternoon the intensity of the snowfall decreases.

The avalanche service still warn of a high avalanche danger and urges everyone to take caution. There is still a large-scale avalanche danger 4 in Osttirol and Südtirol due to the high risk of glide snow avalanches. On top of that comes the danger of new snow and wind drifted snow above the tree line. More info can be found here.

The avalanche danger remains high for large parts of Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino
The avalanche danger remains high for large parts of Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino

Still many closed roads in Osttirol, but also in other inner-alpine valleys in Tyrol
Still many closed roads in Osttirol, but also in other inner-alpine valleys in Tyrol

Large parts of the Alps will get snow today
Large parts of the Alps will get snow today

Stoke from CH

In Switzerland, the lifts are running and they're riding powder. How about the images from Engelberg that we received from the Ski Lodge or of our buddy Paul de Groot who is Saas-Fee with some friends?

While yesterday's snowfall was mainly limited to the Southern Alps, today there is also some snowfall in the Northern Alps. Also further east in the mountains around Graz and the foothills of the Alps, up to 30 centimeters of snow can fall today. It is snowing across the entire width of the Northern Alps today, but everything west of Vorarlberg shouldn't expect much more than 10 centimeters of snow. With a snow line down to the valleys, the Northern Alps are transformed into a winter mode.

Due to an increasing pressure gradient in the Western Alps, it remains predominantly dry in the western part of the Southern Alps today. The Piedmont will have to deal with a temporarily Föhn, while in the eastern part of the Southern Alps it will still keep on snowing.

More sunny spells

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The locals in Südtirol and Osttirol will look forward to tomorrow, because the days of continuous snowfall that caused a lot of trouble will be over. In the other regions in the Alps most of the clouds will disappear and it can get sunny from time to time. Only in the far east of Austria and north of Milan it can still snow a little until noon. In the Eastern Alps in particular, the night will be cloudless and cold to Friday, but from the west a new front is approaching with snowfall.

Snowfall until Monday 12:00 AM
Snowfall until Monday 12:00 AM

New snowfall is approaching from the west on Friday
New snowfall is approaching from the west on Friday

Snowfall from the west

A precipitation front will reach the Western Alps in the course of Friday. Especially the French Northern Alps and the west of Switzerland are in the line of fire. More than 30 centimeters of snow can fall here until Sunday afternoon. The French Southern Alps can expect a maximum of 20 centimeters of fresh snow. Initially, the snow line may still be a bit high (around 1600 - 1800 meters), but in the course of Saturday it will snow above 1000 meters. After that it seems to be temporarily warmer and drier due to a current from the southwest, but there is by no means stable high-pressure weather. Precipitation signals are still visible in the long term, but we'll have to wait for further details.

Also snow for the Pyrenees

The Pyrenees will also benefit from this westerly current. The western areas such as Gourette and Tourmalet can pick up to a meter of snow until Saturday. The snow line is something to keep an eye on, because very warm air is supplied on Friday, so it can temporarily rain up to 2500 meters. In the course of Saturday the snow line will then drop again to well below 1500 meters.

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  • maxi_mountain
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    maxi_mountain op 10 December 2020 · 09:03
    When will Germany get hammered?
    Hard times at the moment to stay at our side of the border...
  • Arjen
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    Arjen op 11 December 2020 · 11:06
    You'll have to remain patient... Western Alps are up next. Stay strong!
    One day, they'll invent synthetic powder, ban all kinds of work and give you a free liftpass...

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