– Up to 80cm of snow this week in Switzerland (Ice Age Now, Oct 26, 2014):
80 cm is 31½ inches – That’s thigh-deep.
The snow fell down to 1000m (which is close to the valley floor in many Swiss regions), but due to the early time of the season, the warmth of the ground means that melting from below took place up to 2000m.
- Urner Alpen, Glarner Alpen and Nordbunden: 60 to 80 cm
- remainder of the northern Alps from the Berner Oberland to Liechtenstein, Mittelbunden and the Lower Engadin valley: 30 to 60 cm
- other regions up to 30 cm, but the extreme south remains precipitation free
After the snowfall ended, freezing levels rose to 3400m, which means that this snowfall, as is normal in late October, will mostly melt way, with only the higher deposits benefitting from freeze-thaw cycles to create a permanent snowbase.
Thanks to Rhys T. Jaggar for this link
“Unfortunately, the webpage is only in German at this time of year,” says Rhys. “So you’ll have to trust me on the translation.”