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By Luke Stone, Forecaster Posted 2 months ago December 5, 2023

Snow Continues Through Wednesday, Next Storm Friday

Summary

It sure feels like it hasn’t stopped snowing in weeks, and that continues today with light to moderate snow throughout the day across the Alps. There will be a brief break on Thursday ahead of the next round of snow. Overall, the next two storms have trended a bit weaker in the models.

Short Term Forecast

Moderate to heavy snow continues in the French Alps Tuesday, with snow showers for most of the Swiss and Austrian Alps. Expect 5 to 15 cms in France and western Switzerland and just a few cms across eastern Switzerland and Austria through Wednesday. 

Skies will start to clear Wednesday morning from west to east with partly cloudy skies through most of the day in the western Alps, while some snow showers linger in the east. 

Most of Thursday will be dry as well, with clouds moving in ahead of the next storm. Snow starts falling again late Thursday night into Friday morning in the French Alps.

As I mentioned yesterday, this storm is splitting, with the main piece of energy dropping south before reaching the Alps. This will result in a different flow pattern than most of the recent storms. The latest guidance takes this storm farther west/south of the western Alps, limiting the impacts of this storm to the French and western Swiss Alps primarily. Overall, this track will produce less snow across the entire range. The Pyrenees should pick up some needed snow though. 

Check out the upper-level pattenr below.

As the storm passes to the southwest of the Alps, there will be a period of southwest winds followed by due south winds. This will favor the western Alps initially and then the far southern tip of the French Alps, which hasn’t seen much snow so far this year. Check out the snow forecast from the European model below.

This storm will be fairly fast moving and should be wrapped up by Saturday evening, as the upper-level low moves well south of the Alps.  

Extended Forecast

I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but there's more action starting next week. The next chance for snow comes as early as Saturday night, but the models disagree on how far south this system gets. There’s a few more storms passing to the north mid-week, but the impacts are still unclear. There are SOME signs of a strong ridge building over northwestern Europe around mid-month that may finally give us a break.

Thanks for reading the Europe Daily Snow! 

Luke Stone
Forecaster, OpenSnow

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