It's time for some finetuning in this forecast. The big question is what the best resorts will be to ride great snow this weekend. Check out the forecast from yesterday with the more general information about the forecast from this weekend. Thursday was the last quiet day in the Alps and the weather will be quite turbulent from tomorrow. In this forecast:
Storm Walter determines the weather in the Alps the next couple of days. It's pushing very cold air to the Alps with a strong northwestern (and later northern) current. At the same time, there is a small low-pressure area on the south side of the Alps that will bring snow on the border between Slovenia, Italy and Austria, but especially in the Balkans.
This weekend will look like this:
The map above clearly shows where it will snow the most for the next 48 hours. Since the second storm will hit the Alps in the course of Sunday, the weekend warriors will have to deal with the snowfall above. Most snow comes down in the French northern Alps and the west of Switzerland, but also northern Switzerland and Vorarlberg will have great conditions. Here you will find the most fresh snow. Stormy tips for coming weekend are:
France, already open:
France, opening this weekend:
A new storm will break loose from an immense low pressure area between Greenland and Canada on Saturday and will head towards the Alps. This storm will cross the Atlantic in less than 36 hours and its warm front is expected in the French Alps on Sunday. It will first start to snow deep into the alpine valleys (thanks to the cold air that's still around), but the snow line will rise to 1000 meters on Sunday evening.
The latest calculations for Monday are spectacular but not necessarily positive. The current is turning more to the south than expected. This will result in a lot of snow on the south side of the main alpine ridge, while the temperature on the north side of the Alps will rise significantly under the influence of the Föhn from the south, possibly with a freezing level rising towards the 2000 meters or even higher. At the same time it will snow heavily on the south side of the main alpine ridge.
Cold air will hit the Alps on Tuesday and it will start to snow deep into the valleys again. Quite possibly we'll see the same pattern on Wednesday/Thursday, when the Föhn from the south is probably less intense. Because of the intensity of the storms on Monday/Tuesday and Wednesday/Thursday, the rapidly shifting temperatures, the strong winds from various directions and the fact that the exact path of both storms is difficult to forecast, I would wait a bit before I book accommodation for next week.
Well, I wrote 'not necessarily positive', but if we just go through the above scenario it's quite positive right? This storm will bring a lot of snow to the entire Alps, although the snow line will rise a little, but there are still plenty of ski areas in the southern Alps that need a lot of snow. Next update this weekend!
Stay stoked Morris