Big snowfalls across the southern Alps

1st March 2016, by Abi Butcher

This is how much snow fell in Artesina/Prato Nevoso - Photo:

This is how much snow fell in Artesina/Prato Nevoso - Photo:

The predicted storm across the southern parts of the Alps has passed, leaving some parts of Northern Italy under an enormous white blanket.

In last week’s snow report, our weather guru Fraser Wilkin of predicted some big snowfalls over the weekend — and the weather gods delivered.

This morning, Fraser posted the above photo from the Italian Piedmont, from a place called Prato Nevoso that received an incredible meter and a half of snow. Prato, at 1480m, is a small ski resort with eight lifts about halfway between Sestriere and the Mediterranean.

“This was very much the exception rather than the norm, several other areas did also exceed 1m of new snow in 48 hours, including the upper slopes of Saas-Fee, Zermatt, Cervinia, the eastern Monte Rosa region, the French Queyras and the upper Maurienne (eg Bonneval-sur-Arc),” says Fraser in his daily update Today in the Alps.

“Generally speaking, the rest of the southern Alps saw more in the region of 15-60cm of snow. While, under the influence of the Foehn, the northern Alps saw little or nothing until yesterday when the snow shifted further north.”

A bluebird day in Zermatt this morning after a weekend of snow

HOWEVER, it’s now the turn of the Northern Alps, which are expecting a big dump from Wednesday onwards. We’ll be posting the next snow report on Thursday (3 March) but for the latest updates, keep checking in with

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