No end to the heavy snowfall in sight in Austria and Switzerland – *update* on the extreme snowfall across the northern Alps

The northern Alps are buried in thick fresh snow, literally meters in some places. The situation is critical in many areas, with extreme avalanche danger. Indeed, a number of fatalities related to avalanches have already been reported. Further episodes of intense snowfall are expected in the second half of week and likely to persist into next week. We take a closer look. As the synoptic pattern persists, it sustains the meridional flow of Arctic maritime airmass from the north towards the south. Persistent stau-effect snowfall is ongoing. Expect it to persist through Wednesday and Thursday. A pause is expected on Friday and Saturday, with some places not receiving any snow and others experiencing somewhat more moderate snowfall. Stau-effect snowfall across … Continue reading No end to the heavy snowfall in sight in Austria and Switzerland – *update* on the extreme snowfall across the northern Alps