Return to snowier, colder conditions in the Alps

The winter so far has seen record-breaking snowy weather over parts of the Alps for January. It turned much more fairly settled over the Alps in February. In contrast, the past couple of weeks were very sunny and extremely mild. The start of March looks different once again with a mixed week currently suggested. The weather will change substantially on Monday. A jet stream with some cooler air finds its way towards the Alps and gains momentum. The active front collides with the northwest …

Written by skiweather on Sunday March 3, 2019

Cooler weather and some snow

The meteorological winter is coming to an end, and with it the passive high which determined the Alpine weather. Wednesday was the last day of  spring-like conditions. The weather in the Alps is about to change, with the first fronts arriving in the western Alps later on Thursday. This storm will mostly affect the northwestern Alps, bringing snow on Thursday night and Friday morning. It will weaken as it moves east across Austria though, and most of the southern Alps will remain dry. On …

Written by skiweather on Wednesday February 27, 2019

Snow fall in the northeast of Austria

The current high pressure area over the Alps will retreat a bit to the west in the next 24 hours. At the same time cold freezing air will move-in from Scandinavia. This humid and significantly colder air flows from the northeast towards the Austrian northern Alps. The snow fall starts Thursday evening and continues on Friday. The snow line resides initially around 1000 to 1300 meters and drops to 700 to 1000 meters in the course of Friday. The focal point of the snow fall is the eastern part of …

Written by skiweather on Thursday February 21, 2019

Spring-like conditions in the Alps

Blue skies conquer an ever larger part of the Alps from France. The Alps will enjoy calm weather with lot's of sunshine and very mild temperatures. Or maybe the correct word is 'warm' for the western Alps. Until Wednesday it remains cold-isch with the freezing level around and below 1500 meters. In Eastern Alps the air is still quite cold with temperatures between -5 and -8° C at 1500 meters. The high-pressure area shifts a little further to the east on Wednesday so that the sun …

Written by skiweather on Wednesday February 13, 2019

Winter returns to the Alps

After a relatively quiet weekend with little precipitation and sometimes föhn-like clearings, winter starts again from Sunday afternoon. Then the next storm will arrive and will continue to influence the weather in the Alps until Tuesday. This storm won’t deliver as much snow as once hoped to the southern Alps, but it will bring significant quantities of snow to the northern half of the Alps, especially the northern French, Swiss and western Austrian Alps. Saturday will be pretty …

Written by skiweather on Friday February 8, 2019