Weather news: Snow in the Balearic Islands, Italy and Algeria 26/01/2023

Persistent low pressure conditions in the Mediterranean:

While a cold but calmer and anticyclonic weather again imposed itself on France, the unstable conditions shifted towards the Mediterranean in connection with a persistent low pressure area between Greece and Italy and draining air cold coming from Eastern Europe on these regions.

Atmospheric situation in Europe this Thursday, January 26, 2023 – GFS model via WX CHARTS

Thus, the contrast between the still fresh waters of the Big Blue and the cold continental air leads to recurrent instability from the Balkans to the Maghreb via Italy and Spain with fairly recurrent snowfalls, falling sometimes as far as the Mediterranean coast.

Lots of snow on the reliefs of southern Europe:

At the beginning of the week, the showers and the cold reached the Balearic Islands, for example, where snowflakes could be observed as far as the beaches. We were also able to identify more than 10 to 20cm of white gold on the reliefs of the country from an altitude of 500-600ma phenomenon that remains infrequent in this sector.

Nearly 10cm of snow this Monday, January 23, 2023 at an altitude of around 600m on the reliefs of Majorca in Spain – Through Twitter @diariomallorca

On the Italian side, it is the Apennines region which is the most affected by snowfall, which is very recurrent and sometimes abundant from low altitude. We were raising sometimes more than a meter of snow accumulated on the reliefs of Emilia Romagna in the middle of the week following successive precipitation taking shape on the Adriatic and coming to rest on the sector.


Nearly 1m of snow in Calvillano (Italy), 950m above sea level on January 25, 2023 – Via Facebook: Center Meteo Emilia Romagna

From snow to North Africa:

If the Italian reliefs have been the most supplied in white gold in recent days, Algeria and northern Tunisia are also affected by bad weather and cold with precipitation continuously forming over the Mediterranean and recurrently stranding these regions.

Thereby, heavy snowfall has also affected these regions in recent days, sometimes falling from 500-600m altitude and giving several centimeters on the reliefs of the North of the country.


Heavy snow at the start of the week from January 23 to 29, 2023 in the Constantine region of Algeria – Through Twitter @MiddleEastEyeFr

Rarely, the snowfalls also spread to the Algerian Sahara with a few centimeters raised to the middle of the desert. A phenomenon which remains infrequent in these sectors but which is not unheard of in this season either.


Snowfall in the Bani Ounif region of Algeria at the beginning of the week from January 23 to 29, 2023 – Through Twitter @ElDjazair_Daily

This instability will persist in the next few days on the Mediterranean (while attenuating on the North African side) the region remaining subject to several low pressure formations on the margins of the anticyclone on the Atlantic.


Animation of the risk of snow (in purple) over Europe between January 26 and February 1, 2023 – GFS model via WX CHARTS


Weather news: Snow in the Balearic Islands, Italy and Algeria 26/01/2023