Today in the Alps...
Updated: 10am Wednesday 22 February 2017 - Mild, some new snow at altitude in the north-eastern Alps
Apart from a few residual clouds in the north-eastern Alps, yesterday’s bad weather has cleared, leaving many parts of the Alps with a fine and sunny day.
The rain/snow line was a bit higher than anticipated yesterday, typically between 1700m and 2000m. However, above 2000m there was 15-30cm of new snow in the northern and western Austrian Alps, and few centimetres in some northern and north-eastern parts of the Swiss Alps. The southern Alps stayed mainly dry.
After a couple of mostly dry and very mild days, the next significant snowfall is due on Friday, again mostly across the northern Alps but this time affecting the northern French and Swiss Alps as well as Austria.
Snow conditions remain very mixed across the Alps, with generally soft or even wet snow at low altitude, especially where it has rained. Higher up, however, there is still some good skiing to be found, especially above 2000m in Austria (away from the south) where it snowed yesterday. Generally speaking, however, snow depths are below par.
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22 February 2017
Currently very mild in the Alps, but becoming temporarily more wintry on Friday…
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Updated: 9.30am Tuesday 21 February 2017 - Some snow at altitude for the north-eastern Alps
The weather has taken a turn for the worse today across the northern Alps, with rain and snow in places. The southern Alps will remain mostly dry, however, with variable cloud and some sunny spells here and there.
The most significant precipitation today will be in Austria, north of the main Alpine ridge (i.e. Vorarlberg, Tirol, Salzburgland), with a rain/snow limit between 1200m and 1600m (east to west). Above 1800m, 10-20cm of snow is possible here and there, locally a bit more.
The eastern Swiss Alps will also see a few centimetres of snow at altitude, but the western Swiss and northern French Alps will see little if any. The entire southern half of the Alps should also stay mostly dry.
Snow conditions in the Alps are, unsurprisingly, quite mixed at the moment. Some higher Austrian and eastern Swiss resorts will benefit from fresh snow today, but lower down it will fall as rain and, more generally speaking, mild temperatures mean that the snow is turning a bit spring-like in places.
With no sign of a sustained return to winter any time soon, altitude will be the key to good snow quality if you are skiing in the Alps over the next week or so.
Updated: 9.30am Monday 20 February 2017 - Mostly dry, best of the sunshine in the west
The weather in the Alps will slowly turn more unsettled this week, but it won’t be until Friday until there is any chance of any widespread or significant snowfall.
Today will be mostly dry with just one or two showers (snow 1200m) in the eastern Austrian Alps, while the western Alps will see the best of the sunshine.
On Tuesday, showers will become more widespread across the eastern Alps, especially in Austria. However, with milder air in the mix, the rain/snow limit will rise to 1500-1700m. Above 2000m, 10-20cm (locally more) of snow is possible here and there (e.g. Kitzsteinhorn glacier). Later in the week (probably Friday) heavier and more widespread snow is likely across the Alps.
Snow conditions in the Alps remain pretty good for most recreational skiers happy to stay on the piste. However, off-piste conditions are more mixed and, generally speaking, snow depths remain below par for mid-February, especially at low altitude and in the western Alps.
Updated: 9.30am Sunday 19 February 2017 - Mostly sunny
It’s mostly sunny across the Alps today. Tomorrow and Tuesday weak weather fronts will bring a little snow (1200-1500m) to some northern and north-eastern parts of the Alps, but quantities will be extremely modest.
There is hope of some more significant and widespread snow towards the end of the week but this is still to be confirmed.
Snow conditions in the Alps have been pretty good for most recreational skiers in recent days. However, the off-piste remains very mixed and snow depths in most regions remain below par. This will be of increasing concern to low altitude ski areas if there isn’t a major dump soon.