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In Austria, the weekend got off to a wintry start as a winter wonderland blanketed the landscape.
From Thursday evening, November 16th, it snowed for 30 hours straight in parts of Austria. In the Arlberg region, a metre of fresh snow accumulated as a result. You can see the constant snow on the WeatherRadar below.
A north-westerly air flow was responsible for the large amount of fresh snow. Cool, moist air from the North Atlantic was pushed towards the northern Alps by a strong north-westerly wind.
In this sort of set-up, most of the snow typically accumulates in the Bregenzerwald and on the Arlberg.
In the Bregenzerwald, Lake Constance also played a small role. As the lowest layers of surface air brush over the water over a period of time with a north-westerly orientation, the air can absorb additional moisture, producing lake-effect snow.
However, on this occasion, the surface wind was blowing more from the west, rather than the northwest, so the set-up for greater amounts of snow was not optimal, and only played a minor role in the accumulation of snow.