Spring Chill Brings Snow and Cold Temperatures to Czech Republic and European Ski Resorts

Unexpected spring chill hits Europe, bringing heavy snowfall to ski resorts in the Alps and Scandinavia, extending the winter season but impacting daily life.

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Nitish Verma
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Spring Chill Brings Snow and Cold Temperatures to Czech Republic and European Ski Resorts

Spring Chill Brings Snow and Cold Temperatures to Czech Republic and European Ski Resorts

The Czech Republic is currently experiencing a spring chill, with scattered clouds and temperatures ranging from 9°C to 21°C over the next 14 days, according to weather forecasts. Winds from the southwest are expected to reach speeds up to 31 km/h, creating chilly and quite cool conditions.

The cold weather is not limited to the Czech Republic, as heavy snowfall has hit the Alps over the Easter weekend, particularly in parts of Italy and Switzerland. Saas Fee, Switzerland saw close to 1.5m of new snow, while Macugnaga, Italy received 1.7m. The freezing level is expected to peak at 2,000m across much of Austria, France, Italy, and Switzerland, bringing 15-20cm of new snow above this level and the chance of rainfall below it.

Swiss resorts like Saas Fee, Engelberg, and Andermatt are set to receive 25-45cm of new snow. In contrast, the French and Spanish Pyrenees and Andorra will see warmer temperatures and the freezing level rise to 2,750m, bringing a combination of light snowfall, sunshine, and rain. The cold weather continues in Finland, Norway, and Sweden, with temperatures between 0°C and -10°C and 5-10cm of new snow forecast .

Significant fresh snow is expected for ski areas in several countries. In Austria, 29 ski resorts including Ischgl, Lech, Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, St. Anton am Arlberg, and Sölden are forecast to receive fresh snow. In France, 30 ski resorts such as Avoriaz, Morzine, Tignes, Val Thorens, and Val d'Isère are also expecting significant snowfall. Fresh snow is reported in La Clusaz and Les Saisies as well. Italian ski resorts like Passo Rolle, Pfelders, and Sexten / Sesto are also forecast to receive significant fresh snow.

The article also mentions heavy snowfall in the Eastern US, with Killington, Vermont, and Wildcat, New Hampshire, expected to receive 55-75cm of new snow. The Western US states and Eastern Canada will see a mix of warm temperatures, snowfall, and high winds.

Why this matters: The spring chill and heavy snowfall across Europe and North America have a significant impact on ski resorts and winter sports enthusiasts. The fresh snow is welcomed by many ski areas, extending the ski season and attracting visitors. However, the cold temperatures and snowfall also affect travel and daily life in the affected regions.

According to weather forecasts, the Czech Republic can expect chilly conditions with scattered clouds and temperatures ranging from 9°C to 21°C over the next two weeks. Ski resorts in the Alps, particularly in Switzerland, Italy, Austria, and France, are set to receive significant amounts of fresh snow, with some areas forecast to get up to 45cm. The cold weather is also affecting Scandinavia, with temperatures dropping to -10°C in some parts. While the fresh snow is good news for ski resorts and winter sports enthusiasts, the spring chill and snowfall are impacting daily life and travel across Europe.

Key Takeaways

  • Czech Republic experiencing spring chill with temps 9-21°C and winds up to 31 km/h.
  • Heavy snowfall in Alps, with up to 1.7m in Italy and Switzerland, extending ski season.
  • Significant fresh snow expected at ski resorts in Austria, France, Italy, and Scandinavia.
  • Eastern US seeing 55-75cm of new snow, while Western US and Eastern Canada have mixed weather.
  • Fresh snow benefits ski resorts but impacts travel and daily life in affected regions.