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The end of season run in continues but Winter may not be finished yet
Blog by Julian R
Published on 7th April 2017 20:17

The end of season run in continues but Winter may not be finished yet

Snow Conditions

As we moved into April, the spring conditions of recent weeks continued with an ongoing thaw of the snow. Conditions have been variable with attitude bring a major factor. Some lower resorts have now closed for the season, and elsewhere resorts runs have now closed true to a lack of snow.

On higher slopes, conditions have remained decent, with the best of the snow in the morning, with spring snow conditions for the afternoon. However in recent days, there has been a little fresh snow cover the Alps which has improved things somewhat.

So overall not an unusual picture for the run-in to the end of the snow season.

Next Week Synoptics

To start the weekend, High Pressure over North Western Europe spreading over Northern Europe this drying things up for Austria which starts the weekend with some overnight precipitation. Weak High Pressure over the Alps for Sunday, but still with the chance of some showers popping up more especially into the afternoon.

The Pattern for next week is for low pressure over Scandinavia, feeding in colder air at times for NW parts of the Europe and the Alps. This is also likely to bring in precipitation from the North with fronts edging down from the North.  

The coldest of the air will struggle to push south at ties, but it will still be cooler than recently more especially for the Northern half of the Alps. 

Temperatures

Generally mild over the Alps this week, especially for Southern and Western areas. It does look like turning colder at times from midweek onwards, so perhaps winter is not over quite yet.

       

Precipitation

 

Any early precipitation quickly drying up from the West or Austria on Saturday.

Afternoon showers developing from the South West on Sunday, some sharp in places, any snowfall very limited to over 2500m.

A Cold front edging south over the Alps on Monday and Tuesday, ahead of the front, mild air means any snow will be limited. However as colder air moves in overnight Monday, snowfall is increasingly possible to around 1000m from the front for a time early Tuesday before the front edges Southwards later. Some moderate snow is possible over Austria, with lighter falls also possible for Southern Germany and Eastern Switzerland.

It is currently projected that another cold front will edge south on the early hours of Thursday morning, initially bring rain to the eastern half of the Alps for Thursday daytime. The snow level dropping during the evening and overnight initially to 1500m and possibly to lower levels later. So above 2000m or so there is the chance of some moderate to heavy snowfalls in parts of Austria this week. Below 1000m and quite a lot of rain is possible.

Summary

So another mixed week as we approach the end of the Snow season.

Next week will the final forecast blog, before a final retrospective looking back at the Snow season after the Easter break.

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