Continuously changeable weather with more snowfall later this week


By Henri on 8 March 2021 · 0

Spring in the valley, winters again at the top
Spring in the valley, winters again at the top

Finally. There was some powder to be found again in the Alps last weekend. On the north side, 20 centimeters of snow fell in the Nordstau areas and around 10 centimeters in the inner alpine areas on Friday. No bizarre quantities, but a wonderful gift after weeks of low-precipitation spring conditions. Dominik Majer found some good powder in Axamer Lizum on Saturday and sent me the video below.

The sun coming out again and snowfall

Yesterday, moist air flowed from the southwest over the Western and Northern Alps, resulting in some light snow showers. It snowed a bit locally last night as well. In total, these snow showers can produce about 10 centimeters of snow. However, due to the flurry nature, the quantities may differ locally. While it begins to clear up in the course of the day in the Northern Alps, the chance of a snow shower above 1300 meters in the Southern and Western Alps increases. Especially in the west of the Piedmonte, a few centimeters of snow can fall. With maximum temperatures around or just above 10 degrees in the valleys and around 0 degrees at 1500 meters, we stay close to values that are normal for the time of the year.

Even tomorrow it will remain changeable (wetter3.de, DWD)
Even tomorrow it will remain changeable (wetter3.de, DWD)

Continuously changeable

A sinking low-pressure core over Germany will again cause changeable conditions in the Northern Alps tomorrow. Particularly in the northern areas, it can snow a little above 800 meters from time to time. In the Southern Alps there is also an alternation of clouds and sun, but it will probably remain largely dry.

Snow in the Eastern Alps on Wednesday (wxcharts.com)
Snow in the Eastern Alps on Wednesday (wxcharts.com)

Wednesday will be a pleasant day with lots of sun in large parts of the Alps. Only in Austria does the strong north-westerly current ensure a dense cloud cover and, especially to the east of Tyrol, about 10 centimeters of fresh snow above 500 meters.

First Föhn, then rain again (wetter3.de, DWD)
First Föhn, then rain again (wetter3.de, DWD)
The short föhn period is also clearly visible in the GFS ensemble in Geneva (wetterzentrale.de)
The short föhn period is also clearly visible in the GFS ensemble in Geneva (wetterzentrale.de)

More snowfall

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By the end of the week, the Alps can expect some more precipitation. Typical of this weather situation is that the Northern Alps first have to deal with Südföhn before the front passes. As a result, the wind can be strong higher up and in the föhn valleys on Thursday and the temperatures on the entire north side can rise to about 15 degrees. The Föhn is done during the passage of the precipitation front, causing it to start snowing from the northwest. It seems that between the French Northern Alps and the Arlberg about 20 to 30 centimeters of snow is possible. The accompanying stormy wind will increase the avalanche risk again.

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