Articles | Volume 15, issue 4
Research article
07 Apr 2021
Research article |  | 07 Apr 2021

Snow conditions in northern Europe: the dynamics of interannual variability versus projected long-term change

Jouni Räisänen


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Short summary
Interannual variability of snow amount in northern Europe is studied. In the coldest areas, total winter precipitation governs snow amount variability. In warmer regions, the fraction of snowfall that survives without melting is more important. Since winter temperature and precipitation are positively correlated, there is often more snow in milder winters in the coldest areas. However, in model simulations of a warmer future climate, snow amount decreases nearly everywhere in northern Europe.