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Extremely dangerous winter weather setup across the southern Alpine flank

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An extreme, potentially catastrophic amount of rain and especially snow could develop across the southern Alpine flank over the coming weekend, leading to potentially catastrophic avalanches.

Potentially a very dynamic weather pattern change is shaping up for central Europe in the coming days, as a very deep trough will dominate the continent, Severe Weather Europe's Marko Korosec notes.

Weather models are hinting that 500 – 700 mm (20 – 27 inches) of accumulated precipitation will be possible across the northeast Italian and southern Austrian mountainous terrain, Korosec said, adding that more than 4 meters (13 feet) of fresh snow could accumulate until Monday, December 7.

"The real concern is the extreme amount of snow expected over the southern Alpine flank this weekend – up to 4 m (13 feet) of fresh snow could lead to catastrophic avalanches," Korosec warns.

These amounts of rain and snow hint at a HIGH RISK for flooding and especially an extremely dangerous avalanche risk for the region.

A full analysis of the event can be found here.

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