Record snowfall in both French and Italian Alps – Skiers now playing “find your car”

The French and Italian Alps have seen record snowfall over the past couple of days, with the depth of snowdrifts in Italian ski resorts increasing by a record 2-3 meters (6-10 ft). Due to the threat of avalanches, some trails are closed.

At many meteorological stations, extremely high snowfall was recorded: 50 to 70 mm in liquid equivalent turned into tens of centimeters of snow.

For a couple of days in the resort of Pre-Sen Didier, the height of the snowdrifts increased by 8 ft 0 ft(2.48m), in Chirvina by 7′-6″ (2.23m), in Valtournanche by 1o ft (3m), in Sestriere by 6′-3″ (1.9m)! In the French Alps, the main snowfalls in Tinea in Val Dièsere measured 6 ft (1.8m) in 48 hours.

This is the strongest snowfall in the region in the last 30 years.

Due to avalanche threat, some routes were closed. At least one avalanche came down in Sestriere (one house was damaged, fortunately, there are no victims among the people). In most northern regions of Italy declared a yellow or orange level of natural danger.

With cars of tourists in Italian resorts buried under snow drifts, skiers are now playing the game “find your car”

9 thoughts on “Record snowfall in both French and Italian Alps – Skiers now playing “find your car””

  1. According to BBC yesterday, New York City is suing five “Big Oil” companies over Global Warming! Following the lead by California and San Francisco.

    NYC needs to prove that Global Warming is happening, and that humankind is a factor. This may be a great opportunity for those companies to prove in court that the AGW lobby is practicing global scale fraud.

  2. -Bad weather in Siberia: here came the cyclone “Eleonora”

    The cyclone “Eleonora” reached the south of Siberia, which began its journey in Europe in early January. In Siberia there is heavy snow, a stormy wind! Bad weather in Kazakhstan.
    The powerful and deep cyclone “Eleonora” has come a long way: on January 3, a whirlwind struck in western Europe, causing a hurricane wind in the British Isles, in France and Switzerland. Because of the wind, the Eiffel Tower was closed, in Switzerland the railroad car was dropped from the tracks, people were injured.

    On Christmas the cyclone crossed the European territory of Russia, it brought with it a sharp wind (in Moscow the gusts reached 18 m / s), snow and temperature changes. A warm south wind that brought anomalous heat to the region (and even a record: on January 7, records were in Bryansk (+4.4), Tula (+4.1) and Tambov (+3.1)) was replaced by the north wind , it felt much colder.

    Now “Eleonora” got to Siberia. And here he too changes the temperature. 2 heat records were recorded on January 11 in the Kemerovo region: +3.3°C was in the regional center, the second record (+4.1°C) in Novokuznetsk.

    And today in the south of Siberia it will sharply become cold. In the coming days at night hours can reach -30°C.

    In addition, heavy snow is expected: in the Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Kemerovo regions, the Altai Republic and in the Altai Territory today heavy snow (sometimes very heavy snow, more than 20 mm of precipitation, the height of drifts may grow by 30-40 cm), wind up to 25 m / s, in the mountains of Altai – up to 33 m / s (hurricane values!). The Ministry of Emergencies issued a warning about adverse weather events.

    And on the eve of heavy snow passed in the Omsk region. 272 units of special equipment were cleared for cleaning roads, more than 10 thousand kilometers of roads were cleared. And while the clearing continues. Fortunately, serious accidents due to snowfalls are not reported.

    More serious consequences for “Eleonora” – our southern neighbor: the center of the cyclone passed through the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana. And here the snowfalls were especially strong. As a result, the airport, a number of highways were closed. Classes in schools were canceled.
    -The cold pole returns to his place. “Meteonovosti”

    Until now, the weather in Oymyakon, the Russian pole of cold, did not justify its purpose. Despite the fact that the frost there, according to European standards, was severe (in the morning to -52°C), the average daily temperature a couple of degrees on average exceeded the norm. And the most severe frosts in Yakutia are recorded in the northwestern regions. But already from the second half of the week the situation began to change. The hotbed of abnormally cold weather began to spread to the eastern half of the Republic. Frosts in the south-east of Yakutia have grown to -52…-54°C and by right the coldest place of Russia became Oimyakon, where in the morning it was -56 °C.

    In the coming days, it is in the east of Yakutia that a hotbed of abnormally cold weather will form. Frosts will intensify. In the morning, the temperature will drop to -57…-62°C, in the afternoon the thermometer bars will not be far from the mark at -50°C.

    • It was not a cold snap, the heaviest snow falls at the warmest temperatures consistent with snowfall….

  3. The Russian for “find your car “ is
    «найди свою машину»

    Snow ❄️ is snow in any language!

  4. The mayor of New York city needs money for social programs so start blaming Oil-industry. Raisng public tax is than out of order. He is a global fool. Nearby Zürich is warm. Overhere, west-netherlands it is quite warm up to now. I read predictions that winter can return, coming from Russia. That is bearish. All negatives comes from Russia as us is told.

  5. This is the strongest snowfall in the region in the last 30 years.

    OK, so it’s the strongest snowfall in the last 30 years—but how will this fit into the overall annual snowfall total? Individual snowfalls can be intense but otherwise lead to a mediocre, average snow total. I for one am encouraged by this snowfall report for several reasons: (1) improved ski resort business (2) improved river discharge to the Rhone and (3) potential improvement to the areal glaciers. The Rhone Glacier, for example, as evidenced in a photo on Wikipedia, shows quite a dark surface resulting from soot and dust deposition. As in Greenland, if you can generate sufficient overlay of snow on top of this layer, the feedback effect is halted, and the glacier contributes to lowering the planet’s albedo.

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