Patrick Thorne

08 Jan 17

Up to 1.2m/4 Feet of Snow In Alps

Patrick Thorne

08 Jan 17

After what one resort reported as ’50 Dry Days’ the weather has changed in the Alps bringing snow – in varying quantities – the different parts of the mountains, along with in some cases strong winds and very low temperatures – as low as -20C at times.

The snow started in the East of the mountain range on Monday/Tuesday and several fronts have brought heavy snow to the Eastern side of the Alps over the past five days.  The snow has reached the southern and western Alps but the volume falling here so far has been much less than in the north and east.

After another 20-40cm of snow in parts of Austria and Bavaria in the past 24 hours, some ski areas have now had more than 1m of snow, some as much as 1.2m/4 feet.

Obertauern has had 95cm in the last five days, 20cm of it in the last 24 hours.


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Posted by Ski am Obertauern on Thursday, 5 January 2017

Other resorts that have done particularly well include Flachau (105cm), Solden (96cm) and Zell am Ziller (96cm), pictured above, but most Austrian areas have had at least 50cm of fresh snow.

Elsewhere in the Alps 50cm is likely to be the maximum any resort has received, and further West its likely to be 10-25cm, but more snow is in the forecast for the coming week.

Further south the Dolomites and Pyrenees are still waiting for snow, but the Pyrenees are expected to get up to 30cm in the first half of the coming week.