Extreme amount of fresh snow for northern Alps (Austria) through Jan 6th – more than 100 cm likely in places

A new period of significant snowfall is developing across the northern Alpine flank as a textbook Stau event takes place this weekend. A persisting strong northerly flow will bring very intense and continuous snowfall until late Sunday, January 6th, locally resulting in more than 100-150 cm of fresh snow across the northern Austria and eastern Switzerland. The overall pattern this weekend shows a strong north Atlantic ridge and deep trough over the Balkan peninsula, creating a sharp pressure / temperature gradient in between. This will establish a strong meridional mid-level flow, allowing deep moisture advection towards the Alpine mountain range and result in the orographic snowfall and stau effect. Total 24-hour and 51-hour precipitation sums through Saturday and Sunday, both … Continue reading Extreme amount of fresh snow for northern Alps (Austria) through Jan 6th – more than 100 cm likely in places