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...
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.
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.
The stuff winter dreams are made of
When snowflakes trickle down from the sky, children and winter sports enthusiasts are happy. Snow is generally less popular with drivers. Snow transforms the landscape and appears peaceful, but this form of precipitation has a lot to offer. Snow crystals are the basis, and each one is unique.
Lots of fresh snow in the Northern Alps
From Friday until well into the coming week, the Alpine region will be subject to a strong northerly current, with the jet stream running right over the Alps. This northerly current will bring cold and intermittently moist air to the north side of the Alps and accumulate on the mountains. This will result in considerable amounts of fresh snow over several days!
Frost – Climatology and different characteristics
Next night, many places in the Swiss Plateau will see frost for the first time this fall. How does this compare with previous years or the climate norm and when was the earliest frost recorded since measurements began? These questions and more information about the frost can be found in the following MeteoBlog.
Around the first snow in the lowlands
When is the earliest date for the first measurable snowfall in some large cities in the lowlands and in the deep Alpine valleys? When does the first snow fall on average? And how does it look like this year and in the future? Find out more below.