Snow news - Summer 2020
Updated: 9.30am Monday 4 May 2020 - 1.5m of new snow for some parts of the Alps!
The big storm has now come to an end, leaving as much as 1.5m of new snow across some north-western parts of the Alps.
The Mont Blanc area saw the greatest quantities of fresh snow from this storm, with around 1.5m of snow falling above 3000m in the last three days. The Val d’Isère/Tignes area saw about 1.3, which is great news for their glaciers, which hope to resume skiing this summer.
Over the weekend, snow even briefly fell to as low as 1400m (Tignes-les-Brevières, for example, saw a temporary dusting), however, any low-lying snow will quickly disappear today due to sunny skies and soaring temperatures.
This week the weather in the Alps will be warm/very warm, with lots of sunshine and just a few thundery showers here and there. However, next week another big snowfall is possible in places. Watch this space…
Updated: 8.30am Friday 1 May 2020 - Over 1m of snow forecast for some parts of the Alps!
The weather in the Alps remains very unsettled, with serious accumulations of snow expected at altitude across some western parts of the Alps.
The latest storm began yesterday and will continue until Saturday evening, by which time it may have delivered more than 1m of new snow above 2500m to parts of the French Savoie (e.g. Val d’Isère/Tignes) and the Haute-Savoie (e.g. Chamonix). Flooding is also a possibility lower down.
This morning the rain/snow limit has temporarily lowered to 1300m in places, but will rise towards 2000m later today, remaining around that level for much of tonight/tomorrow. While the northern French Alps will see the heaviest precipitation, many other parts of the Alps will also see some rain or snow over the next 48 hours, heaviest in the west, and lighter and patchier further east.
All this new snow is of obviously of no use to skiers right now, but it is good news for the glaciers, many of which are still hoping to open for summer skiing. Of all the skiable Alpine glaciers, the Grande Motte (above Tignes) and the Pisaillas (above Val d’Isère) are set to do the best from this storm cycle, with over 1m of new snow expected by Saturday night.