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[Blog] Alps Weather Forecast 8 February 2015


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Summary

The recent weeks have seen a continuous improvement across the Alps with good snow levels in most places.

Synoptics

The current pattern is High Pressure over the UK, with very cold East to North Easterly winds over the Alps. the pattern similar for Monday, and turning slightly less cold.

The High Pressure edges further South East from Tuesday, with the cold feed from the East bring cut off and bring replaced with a milder South Easterly feed.

By the end of the week, no real dominant weather pattern for the Alps, with light winds and 850hpa falling back to around zero.

Precipitation

Moderate to heavy snow [to around 400m] for Austria, S Germany and Eastern Switzerland. Snow continuing overnight for parts of Austria and SE Germany.

The precipitation building up Monday morning into the afternoon, with heavy precipitation for several hours for SE Germany and NE Austria, with moderate precipitation for other parts of Austria, Snow about 400m-600m]

Precipitation continuing during Monday evening overnight before fading away.

With pressure building a little during the rest of the week, turning much drier.

Total precipitation 48 hrs and 12hrs, very much a case of spot the difference.

Temps

Sun – 200-600m most of Austria, S Germany 600m- 900m SW Austria, N and E Switzerland, NW French Alps, 900m-1200m S Switzerland, NE Italy, 1500m-1800m NW Italy and SE French Alps

Mon – 200-600m N Austria, S Germany N Switzerland, 800m-1400m SW Austria, S Switzerland, NW French Alps 1800m-2000m NW Italy and SE French Alps, Far SW Switzerland

Tue – 800-1000m N Austria, S Germany N Switzerland, 1000m-2400m SW Austria, S Switzerland, French Alps, N Italy

Wed – 1800-2000m SE Austria, 2000m-2400m rest of Alps

Thurs – 1400-1800m SE Austria, 1800m-2200m rest of Alps

Fri – 400-800m E Austria, 1200m-1600m most of Alps, 1800m-2200m SW Austria, S Switzerland, SE French Alps , Far NW Italy

Summary

A cold start to the week with some heavy snowfalls likely to quite low levels for S Germany and parts of Austina. Thereafter a bit milder and somewhat drier.

Definitely a week to be on the slopes rather for long term snow retention.

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