A major storm system that’s hitting the Western side of Europe is bringing heavy snow to the Alps and Pyrenees. Snow forecasting agencies have been going big on what they’re forecasting the storm to dump on ski slopes by the time it blows through on Tuesday/Wednesday, with some resorts predicted to get more than a metre of snow in total up high. Val Thorens, which is due to open in just under three weeks’ time, posted the picture top at first light this morning, and the video below this afternoon. Currently there are 16 ski areas already open for winter 19-20 in the alps, most of them with glaciers. Several were closed because of the storm today, which sometimes has strong winds as well as the heavy snowfall giving blizzard conditions. There have only been a few small snow storms, heaviest in the Central and Eastern Alps, over the past few months, so the forecast big accumulations will be welcomed by resorts already open once the weather clears, and those opening later this month.
Bob, I’d forgotten that you are a weather watcher and like to keep us abreast of whats coming. I like to follow the adage that there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. My winter wheels and tyres were fitted last Tuesday. I’so m looking forward to driving on them as they were brilliant last winter. Look forward to your bulletins.