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Alps Weather Blog 21st February 2013

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Due to other commitments over coming days, I will do this blog early this week, it will not go in the usual detail in relation to synoptics, but there will be a full Alps summary covering the weekend and early into next week, there will be an additional blog in midweek to cover the period to the following weekend.[/font][/size]


The weather this week has generally been sunny with low temperatures, perfect for those on a half term skiing holiday, a bit more snow expected over the weekend, more especially over the East, but slowly turning a little bit milder from the East into next week.

[size=4][font=arial][b]Synoptic Overview[/b][/font][/size]

A very cold East to North Easterly breeze is over the Alps and North Western Europe tomorrow associated with High Pressure over Scandinavia.

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this weather pattern continues over the weekend, however the cold uppers of -5c to -13c slowly get replaced by less cold air from the East with the wind more of a North to North Easterly by the end of Sunday., however still with High Pressure dominating over Scandinavia. There is fairly low pressure over the Alps, so there is always the chance of showers, more especially over Eastern areas.

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Into next week, and the wind direction reverts back into a East/North Easterly, with uppers temps around freezing, for much of North Western Europe, closer to +5c over Austria causing freezing levels over the Alps to rise.

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[size=4][font=arial][b]Alps Summary[/b]

[b]Fri 22 February[/b][/font][/size]
[size=4][font=arial]A very cold night over the Alps, with some snow in places, more especially towards the East and South East. Patchy precipitation continuing over Austria into the morning, becoming moderate towards SE Austria during the afternoon, with some patchy precipitation over other central and eastern parts of the Alps.[/font][/size]

[size=4][font=arial]Freezing Level (noon) Southern Germany 0-200m, French Alps 200-1000m (NW to SE), Switzerland 0-800m (NW to S), Italian Alps 200-800m, Austria 400m-800m (generally)[/font][/size]

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[size=4][font=arial][b]Sat 23 February[/b][/font][/size]

[size=4][font=arial]Very cold again to start, mostly dry but some heavy precipitation for the far East of Austria, pushing Northwards.[/font][/size]
[size=4][font=arial]Again showery outbreaks developing across the Alps during the afternoon, with more general snowfall pushing in for much of Central and Eastern Austria overnight. [/font][/size]
[size=4][font=arial]Morning freezing level generally at sea level, Freezing Level (noon) Southern Germany 200-400m, French Alps 200-1000m (NW to SE), Switzerland 200-800m (NW to S), Italian Alps 400-1000m, Austria 400m-1000m (NE to SW)[/font][/size]

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[size=4][font=arial][b]Sun 24 February[/b][/font][/size]

[size=4][font=arial]Some precipitation is possible widely across the Alps for the morning, initially concentrated towards SE areas. This pattern continuing towards the afternoon, with moderate precipitation expected for SE Switzerland, Northern Italy, and SW Austria. Showers precipitation possibly quite widely over the Alps for the evening

Freezing Level (noon) Southern Germany 200-400m, French Alps 200-800m (NW to SE), Switzerland 200-800m (NW to S), Italian Alps 400-1200m, Austria 400m-1400m (NE to SW)[/font][/size]
[size=4][font=arial]Generally a North West South East split and turning milder from the South East. [/font][/size]

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[b]Mon 25 February[/b][/font][/size]

[size=4][font=arial]Showers overnight continuing into Monday, however these becoming increasing scattered over Western parts, but conversely some may be sharp in places for more astern areas, more especially over Southern Austria. [/font][/size]
[size=4][font=arial]Generally milder than recent days with Freezing Level (noon) Southern Germany 600-1200m, French Alps 600-1000m (NW to SE), Switzerland 600-1200m (NW to S), Italian Alps 800-1400m, Austria 1000m-1400m[/font][/size]

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[b]Tue 26 February[/b][/font][/size]

[size=4][font=arial]Again a pattern of some precipitation over the Alps, more especially [/font][/size][size=4][font=arial]towards the south during the morning, is becoming more extensive widely into the afternoon, before dying away again later.

Generally milder than recent days with Freezing Level (noon) Southern Germany 800-1400m, French Alps 800-1600m (NW to SE), Switzerland 800-1800m (NW to S), Italian Alps 1400-1800m, Austria 800m-1800m[/font][/size]

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