Parts of Switzerland, Austria and Germany surprised by unseasonably early snowfall – Record early snowfall

Two Swiss towns set new records.

The Swiss meteorological agency said Saturday that the town of Montana, in the southern canton (state) of Valais, experienced 25 centimeters (almost 10 inches) of snowfall — a new record for this time of year.

In parts of Austria, snowfall was recorded as low as 550 meters (1,805 feet) above sea level.

Areas 1800+ altitude have seen 50-60cm (2 ft) which is unusual for this time of year!

See photos:
https://apnews.com/article/switzerland-austria-archive-043acd7ac31a67f2f109ff6f883be631

https://www.sott.net/article/441979-Alps-surprised-by-early-snowfall-2-Swiss-towns-set-new-records-of-10-inches-and-nearly-2-feet

Thanks to Laurel for this link

“I laugh when I read of the high alps being surprised….by snowfalls,” says Laurel.


2 thoughts on “Parts of Switzerland, Austria and Germany surprised by unseasonably early snowfall – Record early snowfall”

  1. Maybe Laurel laughs, but the Alpine folks know better than most when it usually snows, when it rarely snows and down to what altitude snowfall is rare in late spring, summer and early autumn.

    Western Europe merely had a northerly airflow straight from the arctic. That shows that wind direction is absolutely crucial in determining how much snow we get each winter.

    This snow will melt again soon below 2000m, if it has not already done so.

  2. heres an oddity
    in little known facts about Australia they reckon OUR alps get more snow than switzerland
    stuffed if it makes sense to me either;-) but thats supposed to be a factoid.

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