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The weather in the Alps may be improving, but the avalanche risk remains sky high

There is an huge amount of snow in the north and northwest of the Alps. Since the end of 2018 it has been snowing continuously in large parts of Austria. Austria has received 6 times more snow than average for the first half of January. Substantial amounts of fresh snow also came down in Switzerland last weekend. In addition, the northern French Alps have benefited from more fresh snow recently than was initially forecasted, with ski resorts such as Val d’Isère, Chamonix and Flaine welcoming …

Written by skiweather on Wednesday January 16, 2019

Treacherous avalanche situation as snow fall continues

There have been huge snowfalls in the northeastern Alps over the past fortnight leading to road closures with some ski resorts forced to temporarily close. Some ski resorts in the eastern Alps have reported over 2.5 metres of snow fall in the past week. It has snowed more than six meters on the Innsbruck Nordkette. Constant precipitation over several days is actually pretty unusual. Most of the snow fell in the northern-barrier regions, from the Lechtal and Allgäu Alps over the Karwendel to …

Written by skiweather on Friday January 11, 2019

Snow fall continues and spreads to the western Alps

Fresh cold pouring in through the North Sea on the back of an area of low-pressure will help deliver more significant snow to the mountain areas of Central Europe. Particularly the north facing Alpine regions. On Tuesday and Wednesday these areas are increasingly affected by the next disturbances. There is also a fair amount of fresh snow this time for the French Alps and western Switzerland. On Monday, it is still snowing most of the times with light to moderate snow fall in the northern …

Written by skiweather on Sunday January 6, 2019

North-eastern Alps battered by vigorous snow fall

The next couple of days winter settles itself in the north-eastern Alps. A cold front has reached the Alps and brings along vigorous snow showers. Until Sunday massive amounts of fresh snow will accumulate. However, the stormy northwest wind is a disturbing factor and poses some big risk for snow drifts and avalanches. In the coming days, the cold and windy winter weather will be prevail on the northern side of the Alps and the snow cover will grow substantially. The reason for this is a …

Written by skiweather on Wednesday January 2, 2019

Austria in the front-line of eastern Nordstau

The Alpine region is currently under the influence of a strong northern current. With a high pressure area to the west of the Alps and low pressure in Eastern Europe, the eastern nordstau currently provides numerous snow showers in the Eastern Alps and it snows deep into the valleys. Until New Year's Eve, there is plenty of fresh powder snow to be found in the mountains. The northern high-altitude current brings humid air masses from the North Sea, which accumulate on the Eastern Alps and …

Written by skiweather on Sunday December 30, 2018