Great news for the glaciers and for the early season stoke. The former tropical storm Henri is moving to Scandinavia (passing Spain and the North Sea). As a result the current is southwest in the Alps at first and they'll have to deal with a stormy Föhn from the south, which attracts warm air. After the passage of the front the current turns to the west to north and the air temperature will drop significantly. Is the snow line at the time of writing at about 3700 meters, on the night of Thursday it will dorp towards the 2500 meters and even lower in the northwest of the Alps. The result is snow on the glaciers and webcams that will fuel the stoke.Colder air coming in from the northwest
Snow from Friday till Monday
The air temperature will drop, the supplied air is unstable and it will nicely hit the northwest of the Alps. The most snow will fall on the peaks between Chamonix, Zermatt and Andermatt. You can expect 10-50 centimeters around 3000 meters altitude. As of Sunday, the current will move to the north and as a result the glaciers in Austria can expect 5-30 centimeters of freshies above 2700 meters between Saturday and Monday. The temperatures will rise again after Monday.
Freshies again in the middle of next week?
This is really a long term forecast, but who knows? The models are calculating and the outcomes shift every day. Still, I am hopeful.
Is it worth it?
Sunday will be a great day with fresh snow on the glaciers of Zermatt and Saas Fee. The sun will come out in Austria on Monday and that might be a good day in Hintertux. These are currently the only glaciers where you can ride some decent snow (check the ski areas that are open here). It's way too early to ride some powder next to the slopes and if you really want to go out with harnesses and ropes, than you should take care. Fresh snow, strong winds and falling temperatures in the mountains will lead to high risks in the high alpine. Seven people were killed this week by an avalanche in the Parc National des Ecrins in France.
More news next week!