SNOWvember: already up to 50 to 100 cm of fresh snow in 24 hours

SNOWvember: already up to 50 to 100 cm of fresh snow in 24 hours

The snow depths are rising fast. The Genoa-low that entered the Alps from the west via the French Southern Alps yesterday has already brought 50 to 100 cm of fresh snow around the Monte Rosa and Gotthard massif in the last 24 hours, but also about 20-50 cm in the French Southern Alps and large parts of the Italian Piedmont. In the meantime the sun is coming out in the western Alps and the storm is slowly moving in the direction of the eastern Alps, resulting in a lot of snow.

Prali, the sun is coming out
San Domenico

With the storm moving to the east, the center of gravity of the precipitation is moving east as well. It will snow heacily in the Swiss Engadin, around the Italian Ortler and later also in the Dolomites, the main alpine ridge of Italy and Austria and on the border between Italy and Carinthia up to and including Saturday morning.

Snowfall next 24 hours
Snowfall next 24 hours

Saturday is temporarily more quiet with some room for sun. The slopes on the glacier are then the place to be. If you want to go off-piste, it is advisable to read the messages from the local avalanche services. They have awakened from their summer sleep and the first warnings have already been given. For example, today there is a HIGH avalanche risk for parts of Switzerland, which is fairly special so early in November.

Whoever goes off piste must take the following risks into account: the second snowfall, rocks just below the snow cover, glacier crevasses and not yet snowed-in and fully snowed-in terrain traps. Do all of these terms mean nothing to you and do you still go off piste? Do yourself and others a favor and start immediately with Mountain Academy.

If you want to avoid the most risks, put your skins on your splitboard or skis, go touring on an alpine meadow that is no steeper than 30 degrees and enjoy the first mellow lines of the season.

Earn your turns
Earn your turns

Another two storms

After a fairly beautiful Saturday, another storm from the south follows on Sunday. This seems to concentrate mainly on the Eastern Alps with a lot of snow south of the main alpine ridge.

Immediately afterwards a second storm follows south of the Alps with this time snow for the entire south side although the center of gravity appears to be again in the northeast of Italy.

Long term: milder

If we look further, it will become (slightly) milder. The European model is on a subtropical course with warm air from the Sahara, the American model shows data that’s a lot cooler. More on that early next week when the models have spewed out some more data and there are more tools for a reliable forecast.

SNOWvember has a particularly good start. You should not be surprised if the snow cover in the main alpine ridge of Switzerland, Austria and Italy is already about 1 to 2 meters thick above the tree line and you can even find a lot of snow lower on the mountain. The winter has also started well in the French Southern Alps and I expect some beautiful images from there in the coming days.

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thomaswellerAuthor15 November 2019 · 16:25

Geez, with all this snow was hoping for an escape to ski next Wednesday to Tuesday…but still majority of places are shut…what a drag ?.

meteomorrisAuthor15 November 2019 · 22:54

I will write an article wilth all the resorts that are open next week!
DWFAuthor17 November 2019 · 15:14

Verbier is open

thomaswellerAuthor17 November 2019 · 16:59

Yes, I heard Verbier had a few lifts…but kinda hoping for resorts that have at least 30% of their terrain open. I spoke with the folks at Zermatt and they have the glacier (no surprise) and now Gonnegrat open BUT NOT down into town. Hopefully with this dump on Sunday today they’ll be opening more…I´ve booked Wednesday to following Tuesday…fingers crossed more lifts open cuz the conditions must just be awesome there now…T

8611Author17 November 2019 · 23:25

I heard that Cervinia is skiing down to the town, but prob not all of it open. I’d say there or Hintertux is your best bet, but high winds in Austria so maybe the fresh snow will be largely gone.

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