Snow on the Radar – Snow Report Fri 25th Jan

Another refill of snow is coming to Engelberg

Sun, sun, sun and sun. We couldn’t believe it and neither did the weather reports. The little refill we were supposed to get last week dodged the Engelberg valley and left us dry. Temperatures have been low during the week despite a strong sun, which made the powder stay soft and fluffy, even if it was mostly tracked. Still fun and harmless.

From tomorrow, Saturday, on it is going to be a cloudy with partly snow filled skies (someone heard our prayers!)

The crust we anticipated due to the strong sunshine didn’t dare to show its face during this long and dry period – good for us and the snow in the end. Only the most exposed faces were a bit crusty. But absolutely nothing to be ashamed about. In the meantime, we had a wedding in the house and a pretty wild after ski…

Afterski At our place

Hard Facts:

Snow depth Mountain (slope, 3.020m): 470 cm
Snow depth Village (1.050m): 35 cm
Snow condition: Powder, partially wind affected
Latest snowfall: 17.01.19
Avalanche alert level: 1, Very LOW.

Avalanche Bulletin:

As a consequence of a strong northerly wind, wind slabs will form. These can be released very easily, but they will be small in most cases. The number and size of avalanche prone locations will increase with altitude. Backcountry touring and other off-piste activities call for careful route selection. The wind slabs are to be bypassed in steep terrain.

Gliding avalanches

In particular, on very steep sunny slopes individual gliding avalanches are possible below approximately 2400 m. Caution is to be exercised in areas with glide cracks.

Weather forecast Engelberg through Saturday, 26.01.2019
In the northern regions, skies will be variable cloud to heavily overcast, and a small amount of snowfall is expected. Particularly in the Valais, bright intervals are anticipated during the course of the day. In the southern regions, it will be mostly sunny. For a short interim, it will not be as cold.

The snowfall level will ascend to nearly 1000 m. The following amounts of fresh snow are anticipated in Engelberg:

  • central and eastern sectors of the northern flank of the Alps, Prättigau: 5 to 10 cm;
At midday at 2000 m, between -4 °C in northern regions and 0 °C in southern regions.

Winds will be westerly to northwesterly,

  • in eastern regions blowing at moderate to the strong velocity at high altitudes;
Outlook Engelberg through Monday, 28.01.2019
On both days, skies in northern regions will be heavily overcast and snowfall is expected, presumably more on Monday than on Sunday. All in all, 30 to 50 cm of fresh snow is possible in western regions and on the northern flank of the Alps. In the southern regions, skies will be heavily overcast on Sunday, on Monday it will be predominantly sunny. The avalanche danger will increase significantly in the western regions and on the northern flank of the Alps more than anywhere else.

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