Persistently dry and sunny, some snow in Austria


By Henri on 14 January 2022 · 10

Sunny and dry everywhere in the Alps (foto-webcam.eu)
Sunny and dry everywhere in the Alps (foto-webcam.eu)

The weather pattern in the Alps will change very little in the coming days. Central-Europe remain under the influence of a strong high-pressure area, which means that the sun will be shining in abundance. Higher up, we'll also have to deal with slightly rising temperatures with a freezing level towards a high alpine value of 3000 metres, but the dry air will hardly damage the snow cover. As expected, powder near the ski lifts will become increasingly scarce in the coming days. The rising temperatures mean you'll have to look higher up, but the dry air means you'll still be able to find some nice spots on the shadowy northern faces, especially in the Northwest Alps.

Northerly flow only reaches Austria (wetter3.de, DWD)
Northerly flow only reaches Austria (wetter3.de, DWD)

Light snowfall

From now on, Austria will be more on the eastern flank of the high-pressure area, which means there will be more clouds coming in from the north during the weekend. Vorarlberg and Tyrol will not be affected until Sunday. On Monday, the Alps are temporarily in between two high-pressure cores, which means that, especially in Austria with a northern flow, we should count on more clouds and snowfall, but this is not going to bring much. Wednesday I talked about a possible (mini-)Nordstau, but at the same time I also mentioned the snag in the form of approaching high pressure. More or less as expected, most of the snow amounts have almost disappeared and there is only some snow left for the east of Austria. A few centimetres to a maximum of 10 seem possible, but don’t expect more than this cosmetic layer. A new high pressure area will soon take over.

Snowfall for Austria on Monday
Snowfall for Austria on Monday

New snowfall attempt?

ECMWF shows another attempt at snowfall in Austria on Thursday, but the GFS puts a stop to this with another dominant high pressure area and only towards the end of the week some snow chances. But since we're way outside the reliable forecasting period, there's nothing else to do right now but enjoy the sun-drenched days and patiently wait for the next serious snowfall.

Comments


  • markfarjad
    Beginner
    markfarjad op 14 January 2022 · 11:30
    How long is this high pressure going to last…. 😔
  • juancarlosdominguezlemoine
    Beginner
    juancarlosdominguezlemoine op 16 January 2022 · 07:48
    This high pressure is REAL PAIN All the water of the winter we got in liquid form over the xmas and new year heat wave
  • oshriabutbul
    oshriabutbul op 16 January 2022 · 08:33
    🙈🐻
  • oshriabutbul
    oshriabutbul op 16 January 2022 · 08:35
    Anyone here from Tirol can share about the conditions? Have a trip booked for Feb 1th - 6th, thinking to push the date or change location due to lack of fresh pow. For now following closely? Hoping for the conditions to change
  • Henri
    Beginner
    Henri op 16 January 2022 · 13:03
    @oshriabutbul not great at the moment for fresh powder, but I would definitely wait a week with changing the location if that's possible. Although it's still far outside of the reliable forecast period, the American model is showing more positive signs for a snowy second half of January for the Northern Alps. First serious snowfall will be during the end of this week, but likely a bit more for the areas to the east of Tyrol. After that, chances for a Nordstau are increasing, but like I said, far from certain yet!
  • oshriabutbul
    oshriabutbul op 16 January 2022 · 17:11
    @Henri thanks for the feedback. Will wait and follow closely 🙌
  • arslonga
    Advanced
    arslonga op 16 January 2022 · 21:06
    how do you match " persistently dry except some austrian areas" and 83 cm of snow in Brigels (Switzerland)? 😃
    non rompete il c**** al cavaliere nero....
  • arslonga
    Advanced
    arslonga op 16 January 2022 · 21:08
    BTW, high pressure in the Alps, but in the south.... 😃

    *message edited by arslonga op 16 Jan 2022 21:09 (1% bewerkt)
    non rompete il c**** al cavaliere nero....
  • Henri
    Beginner
    Henri op 16 January 2022 · 22:22
    @arslonga the large amounts in the 6-day forecast are part of the snowfall from Thursday on. Our model is way too optimistic today for Brigels (and everything west of Tyrol). According to the other models the snowfall will be more restricted to Austria, with the most snowfall for regions like Salzburgerland and Upper-Austria. More info tomorrow in a new weather report!
    *message edited by Henri op 16 Jan 2022 22:23 (2% bewerkt)
  • LiBTech1978
    LiBTech1978 op 17 January 2022 · 09:14
    Wonder when Chamonix gets good powder was checking here all the time no significant snow yet for weeks https://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Chamonix/6day/mid...

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