Almost 8 feet of snow in 48 hours.
“Parts of the French Alps have been hit by the kind of snowfall that only comes once every 30 years,” said The Local on January 9.
Near the French-Italian border, in Haute Maurienne and Haute Tarentaise snow levels reached up to 80-90 cm (32-36 inches) in just 24 hours.
“We will have had 2.40 m (almost 8 ft) of snow in 48 hours,” said the mayor of Bonneval-sur-Arc Gabriel Blanc on BFMTV on Monday night.
The ski resorts of Tignes and Val d’Isere were in lockdown with the pistes closed until further notice.
The region remained on alert on Tuesday as it struggled to deal with the spell of snowfall that had an “unusually high intensity,” according to national weather agency Meteo France.
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