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.
Over the course of Saturday, light precipitation is anticipated, particularly during the afternoon. To begin with, it will be snowing at altitude across the whole of the northern Alps. Shortly after you can expect a lot of snowfall at lower elevation on the north side of the main alpine ridge. The south side of the main alpine ridge will enjoy sunny intervals.
On Easter Sunday the clouds will get thicker again during the day and it will snow heavily again on the north side of the Alps in the night from Sunday to Monday down to approximately 1000 m. A new front will come in on Monday and that won't only bring snow to the north side of Switzerland and Austria, but also to the north of the French Alps.
Following the termination of final snowfall on Monday early morning, skies will brighten during the morning hours of Easter Monday in northern regions. In the afternoon, new clouds will move in from the northwest. The resorts in the northern French Alps will enjoy some fresh snow Monday evening. Amounts are modest though.
It will stay cold after Monday and the current will keep on coming from the north to northeast. The result is that it will keep on snowing on the north side of the main alpine ridge and thanks to the eastern component, the Dolomites can also expect some snow.
During the course of the week the snow depth in Ski Arlberg and Ischgl/Samnaun will improve by 75cm, Solden, Obertauern and Saas Fee by 60cm, The Pitztaler and Hintertuxer glaciar by 55cm. The Jugfrau area and the Zugspitze by 50cm.
Generally speaking, the snow cover in the Alps at the moment is very patchy below 2000m, with many low resorts either struggling or already closed. If you are still planning to sneak in a late ski holiday next week, you need to aim for a resort above 2200m - such as Val Thorens, Tignes, Val d’Isère, Cervinia, Zermatt, Saas Fee, Obergurgl, Lech Zurs, Ischgl and Hintertux.
Written by skiweather on Saturday April 15, 2017
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