THE STORM STARTS
5th November 2016
The first big snow storm of the winter is underway with snow falling across the Alps. Check out our updated report as PlanetSKI follows its path. NEW&UPDATED
We have been talking about it for a few days and now snow is falling in the Alps.
Heavily in places.
People across the Alps woke up to a blanket of snow over the weekend.
It is too early to say how much will fall but some areas have seen 40cm or more and the storm was continuing through Sunday and into Monday.
One of our readers, Scott Pleva from the ski school Inside Out, is in Tignes in France where more than 20cm has fallen.
Here’s one of the many videos on Facebook – it comes from Innsbruck in the Tirol.
One of the areas to get the best falls so far is the southern Alps and in Northern Italy.
The image below comes from the Italian resort of Sestriere and was taken on Saturday.
It is falling down to 1,000m in places.
The image below comes from PlanetSKI reader, Melanie Crosby, who is in the mountain town of Briancon in the southern French Alps.
And it is coming down at altitude in the nearby ski resorts too.
Val d’Isere had 5cm at resort level on Sunday.
And it looks rather good over in Villars in Switzerland.
So, how much snow can we expect?
As always we turn to the alpine weather expert, Fraser Wilkin, from weathertoski.co.uk
“We can expect between 20cm and 50cm quite widely above 2200m with the potential for 75cm+ in some favoured spots. According to the latest models, such spots might include the northern part of the southern French Alps (between Les 2 Alpes and Serre Chevalier), the main alpine ridge between south-eastern Switzerland and Italy (close to St Moritz), and the main Alpine ridge in the central/south-eastern Austrian Alps,” said Fraser on Saturday.
“Snow will also fall to lower levels, though generally in more modest quantities, firstly in the western Alps, then later in the south-eastern Alps where the milder air will hang on for longest.”
“Don’t be surprised to see a dusting to below 1000m in places by the end of Sunday. Next week will remain cold and unsettled with the chance of further snow to low levels at times.”
Fraser compiles a weekly snow overview for PlanetSKI that we publish each Thursday.
There has also been some snow in the Pyrenees with a dusting in Pas de La Casa in Andorra.
And here is what it looks like over on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees at Baqueira Beret.
And it has also been snowing in the ski resorts of Scotland.
The image below was posted by by PlanetSKI reader, Eric Davies.
There could be as much as 20cm of snow in the Cairngorms this weekend.
“There will definitely be some heavy snow and definitely the first significant snowfall on the mountains for the season. It will be a reasonable amount of snow for this time of year,” said Met Office meteorologist, Robin Steel,
Here at PlanetSKI we will be updating this article over the weekend so do check back.
Meanwhile over in North America the first resort in Canada has opened – Sunshine Village near Banff in Alberta.
See here for our full report as PlanetSKI’s Alex Cove was on the first lifts.
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