France/Italy receive 16+ inches of new snow; Switzerland is next
In Europe, a large system has been moving across the Alps this week, already dropping more than 16 inches of snow in areas of France and Italy, and it’s still coming down. Here’s a video from Tignes that was posted at 7 a.m. MST:
Forecasters at WePowder.com reported that it started snowing in the southern French Alps and Italy’s Piedmont region early Thursday morning with heavy snowfall during the day on Thursday and Friday. They embarked on a tour yesterday and got a few nice turns:
WePowder reports that the storm front will move south of Switzerland today, pushing heavy snow to Swiss ski resorts. Their maps forecast up to 95 cm (37+ in.) of snow in St. Moritz, and Zermatt is expecting 25 inches of new snow by tomorrow.
Another colder storm is forecast to hit the Alps next week, and its northern direction may fill in regions that didn’t receive as much snow thanks to warmer temperatures associated with this week’s storm.
Photos of this week’s snow in Europe
Whistler expecting 37+ inches of snow
The rest of British Columbia is bracing for big accumulations, too. Revelstoke expects 20 inches by Sunday with the snow line dropping to Revelation Lodge on the lower part of the mountain. Alberta will also get a piece of the storm, and Sunshine Village and Lake Louise are experiencing wintery conditions today.
Photos of today’s snow in Canada