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Maybe the last dumpalert of the season?

Up to metre of snow fell in parts of the Austrian Alps last week. This week, there could be just as much as another cold front moves down from the north and settles over the region.

It will also become much colder mid-week, especially on the northern side of the Alps, where snow could fall well into the valleys.

However, the heaviest snowfalls over the next few days are likely to be in higher parts of the central Alps, including resorts such as Passo Tonale, Madesimo, St Moritz, Obergurgl, Stubai and Hintertux. These resorts could see between 50cm and 100cm by Friday, with even more possible in some areas.

Written by skiweather on Tuesday April 25, 2017
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Lots of fresh snow for the northern Alps

The snowfall limit descents even further on Wednesday. A lot of fresh snow comes down above 500 meters in the mountains of the alpine north side. The amount is on average 20 to 50 cm, locally even 70 centimeters of fresh snow. During the night there is an acute frost hazard. On Friday local temperatures around minus 10 degrees are possible.

In the night on Wednesday even colder air reaches the alpine area, the snowfall limit settles down into the lowlands. During daytime the snowfall is growing even further with a low over Eastern Europe. By the end of the Thursday, about 10 to 40cm is expected on the lower slopes, and even more than 50 centimeters in locations above 800 m.

Written by skiweather on Wednesday April 19, 2017
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A late blast of snow for the eastern Alps

Huge amounts of snow over the Alps and WNW Balkan peninsula through next week, locally 50-100 cm could result from the latest model runs. Yet to be confirmed what the exact precipitation amounts will be, but the significant cold outbreak after Monday is confirmed. Much of Austria is going to see considerable snowfall this week in quantities that have been rare through much of the season so far.

The jet stream will turn to the northwest Saturday and cold polar air will come in and arrive in the northern Alps in the course of Saturday afternoon. The snow line will plummet from around 2200m on Saturday morning to around 1500 meters by late Sunday afternoon. The snow line will reside around 1200 meters in the Swiss and Austrian Alps on Monday. The wintry conditions will last for the better part of next week.

Written by skiweather on Saturday April 15, 2017
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Colder weather and snow for the Swiss and Austria Alps

The weather in the Alps has been spring-like this week: very mild and with plenty of sunshine. It was a glorious week with deep-blue skies. The nights were quite cold due to the absence of a substantial cloud cover. With freeze-thaw conditions the snow quality is very mixed and poor on the lower slopes. The lower valleys are turning green again after the high temperatures of the past one-and-a-half week. However, the spring conditions won't last very long. A big weather change is heading to the Alps this weekend as warm spring sunshine gives way to rather turbulent conditions with significant precipitation expected.

Written by skiweather on Friday March 17, 2017
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Disruptive weather and plenty of fresh snow marks the start of March

Winter is back with a vengeance, delivering plenty of fresh snow. And there is still lot's more to come! Over the last few days we’ve been experiencing some of the best powder skiing of the season. However, at lower altitudes -especially with the milder temperatures- the fresh snow is a bit more humidified and sticky. Unfortunately, the fresh snow is often being accompanied by howling winds.

Until Saturday afternoon the weather in the Alps is dominated by storm-strength southerly winds. In some central and northern parts of the Alps the strong Föhn winds will be particularly violent and disruptive. Many ski lifts at high altitude down-size operations this Saturday or are completely shut-down. ZAMG have issued storm warnings for Austria. Winds of 70-120kmh gusting up to 160kmh in the mountains are possible.

Written by skiweather on Saturday March 4, 2017
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Widespread snow fall has arrived in the Alps

The weather in the Alps has been characterised by lot's of sunshine and unseasonably mild temperatures this week. Skiers have been enjoying spring-like skiing ahead of schedule. On Thursday afternoon temperatures in the Zillertal even hit 20 degrees Celcius.

Today, it will turn noticeably colder. The freezing level will descend rapidly from over 2000m down to below 1000m. More importantly, widespread snowfall is expected, and some of the higher resorts in the western part of the northern Alps could see 20-30cm by Friday evening. On the southern flank of the Alps it will become increasingly sunny as a result of northerly foehn wind.

Written by skiweather on Thursday February 23, 2017
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Milder temperatures and more unstable weather in the Alps

The sustained high-pressure system which has been bringing very low temperatures and dry, sunny conditions across the Alps is starting to break up as we cross into February. A predominantly southwestern flow is bringing milder temperatures and more unsettled weather to the Alps.

In the process we saw some light snow in the (southern) French Alps and southern Piedmont at the start of the weekend, more snow fell in the Pyrenees and at higher elevation in Spain.

Written by skiweather on Sunday January 29, 2017
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Glorious sunshine continues to dominate the Alps

High pressure systems dominate the weather in the Alps. They form a rock-solid barrier for any storm trying to break-into the Alps from any direction. That is very unusual. At present the weather in the Alps is calm and quite stunning with intense blue skies and no wind. It is still cold for now at low altitude. Meanwhile Austria is currently enjoying the coldest January for 30 years with the average temperature reportedly 6C below average.

Written by skiweather on Sunday January 22, 2017
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Cold weather followed by much milder air pushing in

Over the last 24 hours there has been an additional 5-15 cm of fresh fallen snow in the central and eastern part of the northern Alps. A bit more on the western side. In the Silvretta, Arlberg and along the Northern Alps there was around 20-40 cm of powder. Since Friday between 50 and 70cm of snow has fallen. The jackpot this time was for the Pyrenees were the ski resorts welcomed over 100cm. That brings many ski resorts in both areas back to the long-year average.

Written by skiweather on Sunday January 15, 2017
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Pack your bags for Easter skiing

Heading up to Easter the snowconditions in the Alps remain relatively good for late March. I think we've been quite lucky this season in that it has been relatively cold up to now. However, Spring conditions do mean that the snowcover is deteriorating a bit in the afternoons, but as long as it keeps freezing at night (at least) and humidity stays low we have little to worry about. Easter may even bring fresh snow to the Alps.

Written by skiweather on Tuesday March 22, 2016
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