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20cm of Summer Snowfall in 24hrs in the Alps

20cm of Summer Snowfall in 24hrs in the Alps

Published : 12-Jun-2024 08:55

What's been a mostly cold spring in the Alps has seen a second big "powder alarm" warranting snowfall on high slopes overnight in just under a fortnight.

Austria's Hintertux, which already has the deepest snow in the region at 5 metres, posted a 20cm overnight accumulation on its year round ski slopes this morning.

It's one of six glacier areas currently open for snowsports, also including fellow Austrian area Molltal, Les 2 Alpes and val d'Isere in France, Zermatt in Switzerland - also accessible from Cervinia in Italy and recently opened Passo Stelvio, also in Italy.

Although most of the snowfalls were above 2,500m, some resorts posted light coverings down as low as 2,000m. The current conditions are expected to continue for most of this week before more 'summery' weather at the weekend.

The latest snow sets centres up for one of the snowiest summer ski seasons in recent years, depending on how fast and high temperatures rise over the next month or two.

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