First snow on the Alps

First snow on the Alps

10 October 2013 00:00–18:00 UTC

First snow on the Alps
First snow on the Alps

A significant outbreak of polar air brought the first heavy snow pack of the autumn to the central Alps.

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22 October 2020

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10 October 2013

The snow level touched the grounds of the inner-alpine valleys (~700 m). Up to 80 cm of snow were recorded, at places above 1500 m, in the southern Swiss mountains.

The passage of the cold front brought a mix of heavy rain gushes and strong winds to the Swiss-Italian border area.

The reddish tint in airmass RGB marks a significant area with maximum values of potential vorticity (PV) behind the cold front, confirmed by the ECMWF analysis of the potential temperature at the level of PV=2.

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