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Alps Ski and Snow Forecast Blog issued 18 March 2016

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Synoptic Summary and Current Conditions
For this weekend there is High Pressure centred over the UK, the Alps on the South Eastern flank of the High Pressure, with a E to NE breeze and cool conditions for the Alps, also mostly settled.

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Charts - Saturday to Tuesday
The High pressure slowly edging away to the west, into the start of next week, allowing lower pressure to edge in for the South East, wins still from the East to North East.
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Charts - Wednesday to Friday
Towards the weekend, the low pressure edging away to the east, with the Alps largely in-between weather systems.

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Alps Detail

Saturday – Winds generally from the East, low pressure over the Southern Alps.
850Hpa temps -4c to +2c and FL 1000m to 1800m (South Eastern Germany, E Austria)
850Hpa temps +2c to +6c and FL 1800m to 2200m (W Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France Alps, SW Germany and Liechtenstein)

Sunday - Winds generally from the North East, cooler from the north
850Hpa temps -2c to +2c and FL 1200m to 1800m (Southern Germany, N Austria)
850Hpa temps +2c to +6c and FL 1800m to 2000m (S Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France Alps)

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Monday - Winds generally from the East, cooler from the north
850Hpa temps -3c to +2c and FL 1200m to 1600m (Southern Germany, N Switzerland, N Austria and Liechtenstein)
850Hpa temps +2c to +6c and FL 1800m to 2000m (SW Austria, S Switzerland, Italy, France Alps)

Tuesday - Winds generally from the East,
850Hpa temps -2c to +1c and FL 1200m to 1400m (Southern Germany, N and Central Switzerland, most of Austria and Liechtenstein, W French Alps)
850Hpa temps +1c to +4c and FL 1600m to 2000m (SW Austria, S Switzerland, Italy, E France Alps)

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Wednesday – Winds generally from the East,
850Hpa temps -4c to 0c and FL 1100m to 1400m (Southern Germany, N and Central Switzerland, most of Austria and Liechtenstein, W French Alps)
850Hpa temps 0c to +4c and FL 1400m to 1800m (SW Austria, S Switzerland, Italy, E France Alps)

Thursday - Winds generally from the East,
850Hpa temps -4c to +2c and FL 800m to 1400m (Southern Germany, N and Central Switzerland, most of Austria and Liechtenstein, W French Alps)
850Hpa temps 0c to +4c and FL 1600m to 2000m (SW Austria, S Switzerland, Italy, E France Alps)

Friday –
850Hpa temps -1c to +2c and FL 1300m to 1800m (Southern Germany, N Switzerland, most of Austria and Liechtenstein, W French Alps)
850Hpa temps +3c to +6c and FL 1800m to 2200m (SW Austria, S Switzerland, Italy, E France Alps)

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Precipitation –
Mostly dry over the weekend, perhaps a few afternoon showers for Sunday afternoon in the southern half of the Alps.

Into next week and more showers starting to develop Monday afternoon, and showers continuing through to Wednesday evening, with the showers always pepping up each afternoon.
Some showers are possible anywhere, but the heaviest and more consistent showers most likely for Italy, and southern parts of both Switzerland and Austria.

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Snow Amounts
Snow levels 1600-1800m Monday afternoon
1200m (Northern Alps) -1600m (Southern Alps) Tuesday afternoon
1200m (Northern Alps) -1400m (Southern Alps) Wednesday afternoon
Dropping to 1000m for the evening and overnight

10-25cm of fresh snow possible above 1800m for some central and southern parts of the Alps.

Summary
A definite split in the weather, coldest towards the north of the Alps, always mildest for southern parts of the Alps, with freeze thaw conditions again.
Conditions are still good or very good; however the milder weather for southern areas means that slopes will soften again in the afternoon on lower slopes. 
However fresh snow will make conditions very good into Easter for the higher slopes.  

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