Extremely dangerous winter weather setup across the southern Alpine flank

Extremely dangerous winter weather setup across the southern Alpine flank

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.

Featured image credit: WXCharts

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