Early arrival of winter and snow on the mountains for the next few days

A northerly current, funneled between an Atlantic anticyclone and a vast low-pressure system over central Europe, will hit France starting Monday and continuing through next Thursday. This moisture-laden maritime polar air will bring snowfall to the mountains, sometimes as high as 1,300 meters.

Good snow Monday afternoon through Tuesday

During the night from Saturday to Sunday and during the day on Sunday, heavy snowfalls above 2400 meters occur over the central and northern Alps. The rain/snow limit may drop towards 2100 meters on Sunday afternoon. The thickness of fresh snow may reach 20 cm around 2600 meters.

More snowfall is expected during the night from Monday to Tuesday and throughout the day on Tuesday. Heavy snowfall is expected, accompanied by strong high-altitude winds. These will be the first blizzard conditions this autumn above 2000 meters in the northern Alps. Locally, 40 cm of additional snow is expected around 2,600 meters, and 10 to 20 cm around 1,800 meters above sea level in Savoie, Haute-Savoie and northern Isère, with a rain/snow limit of It descends towards 1300 meters.

The Pyrenees will also see their first flakes of autumn fall above 2,300 meters on Monday night, then around 1,800 meters on Tuesday, with a layer that can reach 20 cm on the ground around 2,600 meters above sea level. sea ​​level.

In the Massif Central and the Jura, it will snow above 1700 meters on Tuesday and only the highest peaks of the Jura, Cantal and Sancy will be entitled to their first snowfall of the season (the layer can temporarily reach 5 to 10 cm before to melt). in the afternoon).

In the Vosges, a little sprinkling could affect the Vosges balloons.

Credit: The Weather Channel

New snowfall from Wednesday to Friday

Other disturbances will follow one another in a cold and humid flow from north to northwest until next Friday, so we should expect new snowfalls above 2000 meters on average. Due to the orographic blocking effect, the snow depths could become considerable for the season above 2,500 meters in the north of the Alps and the central Pyrenees. Locally, the layer can reach 1 meter at around 2,600 meters. These would be notable snow depths for the season.

Remarkable cold in the mountains

Throughout the week, it will be cold in the mountains. In Tignes (73), an alpine resort located at 2,100 meters above sea level, the frost will be noticeable in the morning. In the afternoon, it may not thaw at all on Tuesday and next Wednesday, which should help keep the white coat in season for a few days.

Credit: The Weather Channel

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