Record-breaking snowfalls engulf much of central Europe

Coldest Christmas in 120 years

6 Jan 2019 – Heavy snowfalls across Europe — Germany, Austria, even in Greece — have thrown travel plans into chaos, trapping hundreds in alpine regions and airports, and leaving snow on Italian beaches.

As the record-breaking snowfalls engulfed much of central Europe, bringing the Continent the coldest Christmas in 120 years, a rare sight was seen: snow on Greek and Italian beaches.

Significant snowfall is forecast for southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland in coming days.

Video of snow in Greece. Filmed on Saturday 5 Jan 2019

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

“So the European continent has had the coldest Christmas in 120 years, but in Europe we need the Australian news to know about that,” says Argiris.

5 thoughts on “Record-breaking snowfalls engulf much of central Europe”

  1. Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past.

    “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is.”

    Then to cover his bases, Dr. Viner who made that quote, says heavy snows will return occasionally. Well, we know that heavy snows return every winter somewhere. Yes there’s seasonal variability.

  2. The current snowfalls in Austria, Germany and Aeastern Switzerland result from one weather pattern locking in for over seven days i.e. a high pressure over UK leading to cold northerly air coming down to Germany, Northern Austria and NE Switzerland. The locals call it Nordstau.

    The French Alps, the Italian Alps, S and W Switzerland, Carinthia have seen nothing. They get similar events on a Sudstau, when storms push north off the Mediterranean, or when Atlantic Westerlies can hit the Northern French Alps, push up the Rhone valley and across NE Switzerland to the Austrian Arlberg region.

    Events like the current one happen every decade or two: February 1999 was one famous one with the village of Galtuer suffering famous avalanche damage….

    Those having holidays from January 15th to March 31st in Austria will be rejoicing at this snowfall….

    And water supplies in Austria are likely to be secure across the whole summer….

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