As we sit mired under a ridge in Utah, we look once again to the Alps for interesting mountain weather.
The storm discussed in prior posts has had quite an impact on the southern Limestone Alps of Austria and northeast Italy. The Tyrolean newspaper Tiroler Tageszeitung reports level 5 (highest possible) in the East Tyrol, with power outages and mudslides in other areas.
A look at avalanche reports for mountain areas around Cortina and elsewhere not covered by the avalanche reports above shows level 4 (high) danger. Snow levels in that area were fairly high. Observations from Seiser Alm Zallinger at 2055 meters above Val Gardena show temperatures for much of the event hovering near 0˚C. Snowpack height observations are spotty, but show an increase of about 100 cm.
It would be great if we could get a good base builder storm like that. How about a multi-day storm with 40-70 inches of high density snow and a snow level of around 6500 feet so we can continue COVID hikes in the foothills?