We are seeing what could be the first real snowfall of the winter, now that it is cold enough to stick around. I’ve just checked outside the window and we should be seeing snow above 1000 meters. The falls should continue through Friday, at least in the Jura, Savoie.
High winds and up to a meter of snow is expected in the Swiss Alps and the Swiss Avalanche Research Institute has put out its first bulletin of the season.
From the Glarus Alps to the Alpstein region and in northern Grisons, the avalanche danger will increase during the course of the day to the level Considerable (Level 3). The avalanche prone locations are primarily on steep north facing slopes above approximately 2500 m, where the terrain has an even substratum, as well as in gullies and bowls. The dangers lies, on the one hand, in the fresh accumulations of snowdrift; on the other, in the weak old snow layering on the ground. Slab avalanches can be triggered by lone persons. Below about 2500 m, there is the additional hazard of being swept along by a snowslide in steep terrain and falling.
The bulletin warns that the danger will increase. Sounds like a weekend to be taking extreme care in the mountains.