Will this dump bring 5 meters of freshies, like it did in the beginning of November 2014? If you read the forecast from two years ago and compare it to this one, you'll see lots of similarities. You can expect lots of freshies, but will we get four (or even five) meters of snow again? In this forecast:
Although we are on the eve of a southern current (that will stick around for a while), the complete Alps will experience some colder air on Friday and Saturday. The cold front arrives on Friday and the current will temporarily turn to the northwest on the north side of the Alps. The current on the south side of the Alps is still coming from the southwest, so the Alps will get into a snow sandwich (snow from both the northwest and southwest). This will result in great conditions with freshies and sunshine on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Sunday will start sunny, but it will start to snow again in the French southern Alps and the northwest of Italy. The north side of the Alps will have to deal with a strong Föhn from the south, which you can see on the Föhn chart. The temperature will drop temporarily in the northern Alps on Saturday when the southern Föhn is not that strong, but expect it to come back even stronger on Sunday. It will start snowing in the south of the Alps.
You'll find the best conditions (thanks to the Föhn wind in the north and the freshies from Friday and Saturday) on the south side of the Alps:
But to be honest: save your euro's for better days. There will be lots of wind, rising temperatures, bad visibility and humidity in the air.
Watch this movie I've published yesterday. The current turns to the south and that results in snow for the south side of the Alps. The snow will come down in three phases:
Andermatt will also get some snow (it will be the only resort north of the main alpine ridge that will get significant snow). It will rain in the village, but expect lots of freshies on the Gemsstock. I expect the snow line to be around 1400 - 1800 meters during the second phase, but could be around 1200 meters at first. The snow line will be around 2000 meters by the end of the second phase. You can expect 50-120 cm, locally even 170 cm of freshies from Sunday to Tuesday.
The snowfall and the amounts of snow during the first phase have a probability of 90%, the second phase has a probability of 80% and the snowfall of the third phase of 70%, but the amount of snow coming down could still fluctuate.
It sounds pretty good, but don't start waxing your board or ski's. This storm will bring plenty of snow to the high alpine, but also lots of rain and trouble on the roads. The intensity of the snowfall will also keep the lifts closed at the south side of the Alps, especially because the snow line starts rising. I'll keep an eye on the snowfall last week and I'll let you know where to go during the weekend of the 26th of November.
Lots of freshies will come down above 2400 meters altitude south of the Gotthard, the Monte Rosa and the Gran Paradiso. Two meters of freshies is realistic, but locally it might be up to four meters!
More news about this storm on Monday!