Meteorological Advent trip 2023
We at MeteoNews are also starting the Advent season full of anticipation. To make it easier for you to wait for the festive season, we're taking a look back at the meteorological and climatic year 2023 during Advent. We take a trip through the 26 cantons of Switzerland...
A lot of dynamics in the weather kitchen
Things are set to remain exciting in the weather forecast over the next few days. After a classic "blue at the top, gray at the bottom" Thursday, things will become more dynamic from tomorrow. Various disturbances will reach us from Friday to the middle of next week. The increasingly mild air masses will cause the snow line to rise. This could become a problem, especially in the first half of next week.
As every year, shooting stars can be observed in large numbers in the run-up to Christmas, and the Geminid meteor shower is on the agenda for the coming nights. The peak will be reached in the middle of next week, but the chances of catching a fading meteor are already increasing nightly. But will the weather even cooperate?
From rain to snow again this evening!
Yesterday, Thursday, some snow fell in the Swiss Plateau of German-speaking Switzerland, although it increasingly rained into the white splendor. Today, more rain will fall during the day, around evening, and by nightfall at the latest, the snow line will drop back to the Swiss Plateau in German-speaking Switzerland. The snowfall will continue at times during the night. Tomorrow, Saturday, the snowfall will increasingly retreat to the foothills of the Alps. Overall, a few centimetres of fresh snow will fall in the Swiss Plateau of German-speaking Switzerland by tomorrow evening, most of it in eastern and central Switzerland.
St. Nicholas trudges through the snow
This year, for once, the snow crunches under St. Nicholas' soles. Over the years, however, this is clearly the big exception!
Some thaw everywhere from tomorrow Tuesday
Today, Monday, temperatures in the east will remain frosty throughout the day, with the exception of the foehn valleys, while the west will see a thaw. From tomorrow, Tuesday, the maximum temperatures in the lowlands will rise above the frost line, so that thawing weather will prevail and the snow will slowly melt a little. In terms of weather, the next week will be often cloudy in the north, with only a lot of sunshine expected in the mountains on Thursday. There will be very little precipitation in the east. In the west and to a lesser extent in the south, however, there will be heavier precipitation, especially on Friday.
November far too wet and sunny in the north
November, which will soon be coming to an end, was clearly too wet and lacking in sunshine in the north; locally, it was the wettest and least sunny November since measurements began. In the south, on the other hand, there was clearly too little precipitation and significantly more sunshine than normal under the protection of the Alps. Overall, temperatures were about normal, with the Swiss Plateau being a little too mild and the mountains a little too cold.
Onset of winter in the Swiss Plateau on Thursday!
A warm front from a low over the Bay of Biscay will reach us from the west on Thursday night, bringing widespread snow in the Swiss Plateau, especially in German-speaking Switzerland, and thus an onset of winter. Before the snowfall turns to rain, we can expect around 5 to 20 centimetres of fresh snow. On Friday, the low pressure system will move to northern Italy and bring further precipitation in the Swiss Plateau, mostly in the form of rain. During the night to Saturday, cold air will flow in again, causing the snow line to drop to low altitudes. Further large amounts of fresh snow are expected, especially in the Alps and particularly in Graubünden.
Cold first weekend of Advent
Autumn 2023, which has been exceptionally warm for long stretches, will end with another cloudy and cool November day, with the first meteorological winter day following on seamlessly tomorrow. The snow line rises and then falls again, the first weekend of Advent will be cold and wintry.
Further large increase in fresh snow in sight in the northern Alps
After there was a lot of fresh snow in the northern Alps from around 600 to 800 meters, especially on Friday and Saturday, new snow is being added in batches this week. A lot of snow will fall again in the northern Alps, especially on Tuesday night and on Tuesday and Thursday. In addition, the last days of the meteorological fall are very cold.