The holidays are slowly approaching and many of us are certainly looking forward to them. Will there finally be a white Christmas this year after a long time, or will we live it again in the mud? Meteorologists already have a clear idea of what kind of weather awaits us.
According to meteorologists, the El Niño phenomenon will have a big influence on this winter. This should bring higher than average temperatures. Data from the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) already show that snowfall will be below average in the coming months, the Severe Weather portal pointed out.
“According to the forecast, it will snow less than usual on most of the continent. The only exceptions will be the Alps and the higher regions of northern Europe,” meteorologists reported.
This does not mean that not even a flake will fall in the Czech Republic. “Due to the above-average temperatures, it will snow especially on the tops of the mountains, and snow showers are also expected on the mountains,” meteorologist Dagmar Honsová told TN.cz.
Even in the following winter months, it does not look too optimistic for lovers of winter sports and fun. “Significant positive temperature deviations are calculated by the models for January and February as well,” added Honsová, adding that the last snow-rich winters in the Czech Republic were in 2020 and 2010.
But experts warn that the long-term forecast may still change. However, even the United Kingdom Meteorological Office (UKMO) does not expect snow cover in Europe.
Will Martin come on a white horse?
Although it looks like Martin on a white horse will not visit the lower areas, we could expect snow in the mountains. “On the St. Martin’s weekend, it will snow from an altitude of 800 meters above sea level, and above 1,000 meters we expect all-day frost. It is on the tops of the mountains that the snow cover will last,” said Honsová.
At the beginning of next week, it will snow even in areas from 700 meters. Subsequently, the temperatures will rise again and during the day it will be 13 °C. “Even in the mountains it will rain,” Honsová pointed out.
Where to for snow?
If you still want to go after the snow, a good base is in the Alps, where it has snowed profusely in the last week. “There is around 60 centimeters of snow at an altitude of 2,000 meters. There is up to a meter of snow on the glaciers,” concluded Honsová.
In October, the first snow of the year fell in the Czech Republic. Watch the report (10/2023):