Superb snow

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Snow, snow and more snow

Posted Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:14:05

Unsettled weather returns

After the mild spell last week the weather has turned unsettled in the Alps causing snow to fall thick and fast. Some resorts have had up to 1m of new snow. What’s the weather looking like for mid February and beyond?

In short the prospects are looking good for the high season period. In the next few days the border between cold and mild air masses will be close to the Alps and it looks well positioned to bring further heavy falls of snow.

The GFS6z precipitation type forecast chart below is for 09:00 on Sunday 14th February. White mottled areas indicate snow and the purple shading mean heavy snow! There’s plenty of snow already but these additional accumulations should provide a good buffer to keep the pistes looking good even if turns milder and drier at times in the coming weeks.

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Big accumulations

The European forecast  snow accumulation charts are also very healthy. In parts of the Alps another metre of snow may fall in the next 5 days. The downside is these quantities mean the likelihood of a high avalanche risk so keep up to date with the local reports from the resorts themselves.

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Vintage late season?

In the longer term high pressure may increasingly come into play bringing drier conditions back, although plenty of computer model runs are suggesting the possibility of snowfalls continuing during the last third of February.  The current spell of weather could be preparing the groundwork for a vintage late Alpine season.

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Forecasts

16 day

Deterministic forecast updated 4 times every day. The quickest and easiest way to view a snapshot of the expected weather.

Probability

Up to 16 days ahead these use data from the GEFS ensemble forecasting system. Not resort specific but a fantastic tool for judging confidence levels and seeing the possible temperature and precipitation spreads.

LRF

The long range forecast updated daily is intended to give an indication of possible regional trends.

Weather charts

Like more detailed information? Check out the latest weather forecast charts for winter sports regions in Europe, North America and Japan. Updated every 6 hours, include guidance on freezing levels and expected snow fall.

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