Snow drift maps in production

IMO and FMI snow drift forecast maps in production

During this winter 2013-2014 IMO and FMI have started generating snow-drift forecast maps based on a snow drift model developed for SNAPS by Vegsyn consult.  The snow-drift forecast evaluates the snow surface driftability and a snow drift index based on forecasted weather conditions. 

The aim is to develop services in snow drift forecasting for roads based on numerical weather prediction models, validated and/or improved with information on snow cover from in-situ and remote sensing observations. The dissemination of snow drift forecasts will assist road authorities in montoring road conditions and in decision making on servicing or closing roads.  The forecast may also become a useful input for the general public in planning their travel.

Read more about this development on our snow drift project page.   You can also take a look at the current snow drift forecast for Iceland on the SNAPS snow map page (select the snow drift tab), and for Finland on the FMI SNAPS site, snaps.fmi.fi .

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