Following one of the warmest and driest Novembers on record, in both the UK and Europe, it now seems as if winter is truly upon us. As temperatures dropped over the weekend all eyes became focused on the snow reports, hoping and praying that it could only mean one thing…snow is on the way!
After weeks of waiting and speculation on when the snow was going to arrive, Saturday evening witnessed the first substantial fall of the winter across the Alps. As curtains twitched on Sunday morning it came to the delights of many that winter had arrived, and as reports started circulating the UK media and social networking sites on Sunday I’m sure I wasn’t the only person to breathe a sigh of relief!
Not only did it snow on Saturday night, it continued into Sunday, Monday and it’s still snowing today in many European resorts. In Val d’Isere up to 80cm of fresh snow has fallen over the Fornet Glacier, 50cm over Solaise and 30cm over Bellevarde. Meribel, Courchevel, Les Deux Alpes and Val Thorens have also been blanketed by snow, however the clear winner with close to a metre of snow is Serre Chevalier which now has an upper base of 190cm, the best in Europe!
Looking ahead over the next 24 hours and into Wednesday evening, Snowforecast is predicting some rather staggering figures. Chamonix is forecast to received up to 64cm, Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes 60cm and Tignes and Val d’Isere 35cm. And with temperatures set to stay low, I think it’s safe to say we are back on track for a great season in the Alps.
Below is a selection of images from today’s webcams around Europe (as you can see, it’s snowing pretty heavily!).
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