Today it's already the last wePowder weather forecast of this bizarre season. Many ski resorts that are still open in Austria and Switzerland will close their lifts after this weekend, but winter will of course continue for a while in the high mountains. After a very cold period in the first two weeks of April and some snow up into the valley during the coming weekend, spring will slowly but surely return next week. However, at least until the end of next week we do not have to expect a prolonged warm and dry phase. It remains fairly changeable.
In the southwestern Alps it has been snowing for a while. Due to a fairly strong easterly flow in the Po Valley, quite a bit of Stau already took place yesterday in the western Piedmont, such as in Prali. This snowfall has (in weakened form) also reached the French side, as can be seen on the webcam image of Serre Chevalier. Especially the areas south of Aosta received up to 30 centimeters of snow higher up!
On the surface, the Alps are experiencing high-pressure influence today due to the nearby system over the British Isles and Scandinavia, while higher up an low-pressure is dominating the weather picture (see the 500 hPa geopotential altitude map above). This situation initially creates very sunny conditions, but during the afternoon increasingly cloudy conditions. The cumulus clouds may develop further, particularly in the Western Alps, causing some snow showers to develop here in a few places by the end of the afternoon.
Tomorrow will start off very sunny in many places, but during the day new clouds will move in from the northeast. The Northern and Western Alps should take into account some snow showers above 800 to 1000 meters in the afternoon and evening, especially in the French Southern Alps could be a bit heavier. I also expect a higher snowline here.
Also on Sunday and Monday, the Alps will continue to experience snow showers due to this northeasterly flow. Austria in particular will have to deal with snow showers above 800 to 1200 meters and on Sunday morning possibly even a bit lower. Tirol and the Salzburgerland could see a total of 10 to 20 centimetres of snow by Tuesday morning. The Southern Alps can also enjoy some snowfall above 1500 meters on Sunday and Monday. Especially the southern areas close to the Po Valley will have to deal with this precipitation.
Slowly but surely the Alps are coming out of the winter cold. In the GFS ensemble for Innsbruck you can see that temperatures are slowly climbing back to normal values for the time of year. In the precipitation signal of the graph you can see that the Alps will have to deal with some precipitation almost every day. A prolonged dry and warm period is certainly not in the weather charts and higher up it remains wintry. The snow will just not fall into the valleys anymore, as it did here in Innsbruck the last few days.
This was already the last wePowder weather report of this crazy winter season. For weather related questions you can always reach me through the forum in the coming weeks, but the weather reports in this form will return in autumn. To be able to bring the weather forecasts to a higher level next year, I would love to receive some feedback. You can do that in a comment below, but of course you can also just send me a PM.
Finally, I want to thank you all, both the faithful followers that unfortunately didn't make it to the Alps this winter as well as the lucky ones who were in the Alps, very much for following the weather reports. I'm already looking forward to start with the weather updates for the next season. Lets hope it will be a normal winter with the familiar PowderAlerts and the many stunning live images from you. A winter where everyone can enjoy the deep powder days again. A winter with all of us together!
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