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.
On Tuesday, In the north it will be very cloudy during the day. In the afternoon snow will fall above approximately 2000m. On the southern flank of the Alps, the weather will be very cloudy and snow will fall. The snowfall will become heavier in the afternoon. Here the snowfall level will drop from 1800 to 1400m.
Snow will fall persistently over a wide area on Wednesday. The snowfall limit descends towards 1000m in the north and to 1300m in the south during daytime and to 800-600m in the evening. On thursday snow will fall in the southeast in particular. The heaviest snowfall will occur in Graubunden and Oberengadin, Val Calanca, Val Moesa and Val Bregaglia. In the other regions the precipitation will ease. Isolated showers are still to be expected here. The avalanche situation will remain critical in the southeast in particular.
Meteo Swiss warned of snowfall of between 70 and 100 cm in parts of the Swiss Alps above 1800m over the next 24 hours. The warning applies to the region stretching between Andermatt and St. Moritz, although it extends further west of Andermatt and further east of St. Moritz. The warning is level 3, which is described as considerable danger.
For anyone with the time and budget to get out to the high-altitude ski areas of Austria – places like Hintertux, Obergurgl, Ischgl, the Stubai and the Kitzsteinhorn – now is clearly the time to book a last-minute trip. Furthermore, good bets for a final fling this weekend include Val d’Isère and Tignes in France, Zermatt in Switzerland While it’s snowing, visibility will be a problem.
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