|Snow Report - 28 Jan 2015|
|Last snowed|| 18-Jan-2015|
|Fresh snow||10 cm|
|Lower slopes||10 cm|
|Upper slopes||90 cm|
|Runs to resort||Packed|
|Off piste snow||Varied|
|Comments||Good skiing on firmly packed runs|
Snow Overview - Italy (snow news updated 28-Jan-2015)
The recent influx of fresh snow has continued in Italy and the piste bashers have been out and conditions are now very good across the country. Many base depths have risen significantly and there are still pockets of fresh powder to be found off many pistes.
Cervinia (40/220cm) grabs the headlines again in Italy as it is snowing once again. Monday 26th January saw reasonably heavy snowfall with up to 15cm falling during the day. It’s very cold in Cervinia at the moment but all the lifts were open with lots of fresh powder and good links into Zermatt, Switzerland.
The week ahead looks as though there will be some pockets of sunshine but towards the middle of the week there is quite a lot of cloud predicted but there is a very good chance of fresh snow.
European Weather Outlook
The snow falling in the western Alps on Monday is forecast to move east, so all resorts should see some powder come Tuesday morning. Between 20 and 30cm is forecast over a large area, with the heaviest falls in the north, with the southern Alps only seeing some light flurries. A much heavier period of snowfall is expected from Thursday onwards, potentially carrying through into the start of next week. Northern areas will see the most snow, with current forecasts suggesting they will pick up 50-75cm of fresh snow. Less is forecast for the southern Alps, but totals of around 20-30cm can still be expected. Temperatures will remain low; with freezing levels dropping below 500m from Friday onwards, so make sure you have a set of snow chains if driving to the Alps this weekend.
Light snow is expected in Andorra to start the new week before brighter skies return on Wednesday. This will not last long however as heavy snow is expected between Thursday and Sunday. Totals of 60-80cm are currently forecast so there should be some excellent powder to start off the month of February.
Some sunshine is expected in Scandinavia on Tuesday, before a return to cloudier and snowier weather. Up to 20cm of new snow is predicted before the skies are set to clear on Saturday – so the weekend’s skiing could be fantastic, especially as temperatures are set to remain nicely below freezing.
Light snow is forecast to remain in place until Wednesday in Bulgaria, before the clouds part to reveal some good sunny breaks on Thursday and Friday. A return to cloudy and snowy weather is currently expected on Saturday.
A return to snowy weather is forecast this week for Scotland and by Wednesday the freezing level should have dropped right down to the surface. Current indications suggest the heaviest snow will fall in the west (Glencoe & Nevis Range) on Wednesday/Thursday and then in the east (Cairngorm, The Lecht, Glenshee) on Thursday/Friday. Winds are forecast to be high so watch out for disruption to lift operations.