I'm just a little curious why the forecast seem to expect less snowfall in this region? I'm not specifically talking about this forecast. I've noticed that this is the usual case over many years here on wepowder. It doesn't seem to matter if it is a NW Stau, N Stau or NE Stau. Neither the main focus area of the low pressure to hit the alps.
Glaciers such as Hintertux, Stubai, and Sölden are located in this area and it is along the line of the main alpine ridge. I don't see the mountains to the north as a lot higher than other regions?
I'm I missing something that causes this microclimate in this region?
Below a map with the average yearly precipitation:
A a map with the actual snowpack in Austria:
The glaciers of the Kaunertal, Pitztal, Stubai, Sölden and Hintertux are in a so called inner alpine region. They get less precipitation since they are laying deep in the Alps and most of the clouds are blocked by mountain ranges to the north and northwest. When you draw a line from the Piz Buin towards the Kleinwalsertal you can see the ridge which is blocking a lot of snow from the NW. The same applies for the North where the Zugspitze and the Nordkette are blocking the clouds from moving in. A NE stau is a rarity and something we don't see that much since storms have the tendency to track from west to east.
Hi @meteomorris since I read this I have been checking the forescast and comparing them with the live weather in Innsbruck. I think that in general, in this area snows more that the model says. One example it is now, according to the forecast in Hungerburg (the botton of nordkette) it is not going to snow, but in fact it is snowing in Innsbruck (300m altitud lower) since 1 hour. Last Tuesday night was the same, the model didn't said anathing about snow and on wenesday morning the city had 5cm of new snow in the cars and I was in Patscherkofel at 1200m at 11pm and it was dumping.
I don't want to critize your model or the web with that, especially because I have no idea about meteorology, indeed I am a big fan of this web and use it a lot. I just wanted to give you this information in case it can be helpfull for you,
@elecas, Thanks. Local influencers are pretty complex for the models. Especially with warmer air moving in and cold air that has sunk to the valley floor. Last Tuesday was the same. All models have this problem.
May the powder be with you.
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