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Potentially major winter storms for the Alps
before the end of October

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25 Oct 08 – Email from a reader in the UK

Robert

BBC predictions into next week are predicting almost 'perfect storm' (my term, not their's) conditions for cold snow into the European Alps.

If correct, there will be:

      1. A massive blocking high in the mid-Atlantic.
      2. Several fronts coming down straight from the north becoming occluded over the Alps and penetrating right down to north Africa (always a good sign that a front has sufficient power to deposit snow in reams).
      3. Temperatures predicted to drop over 10 celcius in 24 hours when that happens.

We'll see what happens, but end of October is very early for snow down in the valleys of Switzerland. It happens, but not very often.

Could be the second year in a row with significant snowfall late October/early November at low altitude.

Rhys Jagger

 

 



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