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Alps Ski and Snow Forecast Blog issued 1 April 2016

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Synoptic Summary and Current Conditions
Snow conditions are starting to reflect that we are now in April, with spring snow conditions becoming more widespread, however good skiing conditions remain on the higher slopes (as ever).

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Charts – Weekend
High Pressure starting to build over Eastern Europe, with winds from a South to South Easterly direction bringing some very warm air up from Northern Africa. With general low pressure, some moderate precipitation, mostly rain is possible.

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Charts – Monday and Tuesday
Staying mild or very mild for the start of the next week and remaining unsettled with further moderate precipitation likely.

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Charts – Wednesday to Friday
Turning much colder from the West to North West, with a Polar Maritime airflow developing, remaining unsettled with a greater chance of snow.  

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Alps Detail
Saturday – Very mild winds from the South to South East
850Hpa temps +8c to +13c (generally) +2c to +5c (Eastern Austria) FL 2800m to 3400m (across the Alps)

Sunday - Very mild winds from the South to South West
850Hpa temps +8c to +14c (generally) FL 2500m to 3000m (South and Western Alps) and 3200m to 3500m (Germany and Austria)

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Monday - Winds generally from the West to South West
850Hpa temps +5c to +13c (generally) FL 2400m to 3000m (generally)

Tuesday - Winds generally from the West to South West, slightly cooler from the west
850Hpa temps +6c to +12c and FL 2400m to 2700m (SW Germany, Switzerland, France, NW Italy)
850Hpa temps +10c to +13c and FL 2600m to 3200m (SE Germany, Austria, NE Italy, Liechtenstein)

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Wednesday – Winds generally from the North East, colder again from the North West
850Hpa temps +1c to +4c and FL 1600m to 2000m (French Alps, N Switzerland, Germany, N Austria)
850Hpa temps +4c to +12c and FL 2000m to 2800m (rest of Switzerland, Northern Italy and S Austria)

Thursday – Winds generally from the North East, colder again from the North West
850Hpa temps -3c to +1c and FL 1000m to 1600m (West French Alps, N Switzerland, Germany, Far N Austria)
850Hpa temps +2c to +9c and FL 1600m to 2400m (East French Alps, rest of Switzerland and Austria, Northern Italy and S Austria)

Friday – Winds generally from the North East
850Hpa temps -1c to +1c and FL 1000m to 1600m (Generally)
850Hpa temps +1c to +4c and FL 1400m to 1800m (S Switzerland, NW Italy, SW Austria)

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Precipitation
Weekend - Dry for the east of the Alps over the weekend, with some showers in the far South West on the Alps on East on Saturday. The showers developing a bit more widespread in the west later on Sunday, Snow above 2500m or so.

Monday - Tuesday - Staying dry over the East of the Alps, further showers or longer periods of precipitation for the Western Alps at times, Snow again limited to above 2500m.

Wednesday - Friday - Fronts edging in from the North West and crossing the Alps towards the end of week, on Wednesday snow about 2000m. However for Thursday and Friday, snow levels closer to 1000m-1200m with the chance of appreciable snow totals.

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Outlook -

For the weekend and the start the next week, some very mild weather with some heavy rain likely in western Alps and some very warm sunshine for the Eastern Alps, sunscreen is a must. This is likely to severely impact the slopes especially lower down, however towards the end of the week, turning colder again with some fresh slopes down to medium slopes.

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