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Alps Ski and Snow Forecast Blog issued 8 April 2016

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Synoptic Summary and Current Conditions

We are moving into the final parts of the skiing season, with many lower resorts starting to close down for the year and there were some very warm temperatures last week.
However there is still some good skiing conditions on upper slopes, with decent snow totals from heavy snowfalls past the New Year and a top up in some resorts in recent days.

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The weather pattern for the weekend sees low pressure to the South East of the Alps, with South Westerly winds over the Alps.

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During the course of next week, the pressure slowly builds to the South East of the Alps, however winds generally from the South West, and turning milder towards the end of next week.

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Alps Detail

Saturday - Winds from the South West, coldest to the North and West, Mildest South and East
850Hpa temps +0c to +3c (French Alps, N Switzerland, N Austria, S Germany and Liechtenstein) FL 1400m to 2000m
850Hpa temps +4c to +7c (S Switzerland, Central and Southern Austria, Italy) FL 1800m to 2400m

Sunday - Winds from the South East, coldest to the North and West, Mildest South and West
850Hpa temps +2c to +4c (French Alps, N Switzerland, N Austria, S Germany) FL 1800m to 2000m
850Hpa temps +4c to +7c (Switzerland, Central and Southern Austria, Italy and Liechtenstein) FL 2000m to 2500m

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Monday - Winds from the South West, milder generally
850Hpa temps +7c to +13c (generally) FL 2200m to 2600m (West) 2400m to 3400m (East)

Tuesday - Winds from the South West, milder generally
850Hpa temps +7c to +11c (generally) FL 2200m to 2600m (generally)

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Wednesday – Winds generally from the West to North west, colder for a time in the West
850Hpa temps +3c to +7c and FL 2000m to 2400m (West)
850Hpa temps +8c to +13c and FL 2600m to 3200m (rest
of Switzerland, Northern Italy and S Austria)

Thursday - Winds from the South West, milder generally
850Hpa temps +7c to +13c (generally) FL 2200m to 2800m (generally)

Friday – Winds from the South West, even milder
850Hpa temps +9c to +14c (generally) FL 2900m to 3200m (West) 3200m to 3500m (East)

Alps 8 Apr + 4b Days.JPGAlps 8 Apr Europe +7.JPGAlps 8 Apr Europe +6.JPG

Precipitation
Saturday looks rather unsettled with some heavy showers, more especially for southern parts of the Alps. Snow generally above 2000m.

Drier Sunday before more showers edge from the west Monday afternoon, lasting well in the evening. Snow generally above 2200m.

Tuesday again drier, before an area of low pressure is set to move North Eastwards across the Alps during Wednesday, perhaps 20cm of snow possible above 2000-2200m. Looking largely dry for the rest of the week.

Summary and Outlook
Spring conditions set to continue this week, However with some snow possible of the higher slopes, generally above 2000-2200m.

Quite mild at times, but generally not excessively mild for April, however possibly turning very mild just before next weekend.
 

 

 

 

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