Also in March, our forecast map remains unabatedly colourful and once again it is the turn of the southern Alps. Piedmont and Ticino in particular could get the full loads of snow, as the Retour d’Est strikes again!
It’s the second snow dump within a week in the southern Alps. We will see sustained snowfall through Wednesday, but with a rising snowline. It also gets warmer quickly after that, which doesn’t make it easier for the powder search.
What colours! Finally it’s happening again on a large scale in the Alps, so time for PA#10! Fast forward to the details! It’s bitter for the French Alps, as the snowline was around 1800 - 2000 metres in many regions during the day on Thursday, especially of course in the Prealpes.
We are in the middle of snowfall on the south side at the moment. The snowline is a thing though. Especially on Friday afternoon, it briefly rained up to 2000 metres in parts of the southern Alps.
The Alps have a tumultuous week ahead. We first start with spring-like warmth, before diving into a changeable phase from Wednesday onwards. There will not be much snow everywhere and föhn will also play a big role.
We get a northwesterly flow with lots of snow (and wind). Normally, we would expect a large area from the Haute-Savoie/Savoie to Vorarlberg to get a good amount of snow with a northwester, but now it is precisely the areas east of it, i.e.
After a long period with mainly westerly winds, the weather picture in the Alps is going to change considerably in the coming days. We will face three days of snowfall, with a different focus each day.
A new year with a new PowderAlert! Some snow already fell last night, but more snow will follow in the coming days, first for the Western Alps and then also for the Southern Alps. A side note, however, is that we temporarily face a slightly higher snowline.
PA#5 is on! A lot of snow is going to fall, but it will be quite complex. Not everywhere the snowline is equally low and, moreover, the wind is going to play the leading role. There are many factors that could make the hunt for powder difficult.
The warm and wet westcirculation changes to a northwesterly flow, with colder air providing a lower snowline. A Nordstau will develop where nice amounts could start falling through Friday.