Having blogged this in November, and in the hope that spring really is not far away, it’s time to see how this forecast went!
Its going to be a snow rich winter, worse (that depends on your outlook) than last year. Not really. It wasn’t snow rich until the middle of January. The resorts had enough and at the right time, but not ample amounts. We had ten days with no snow at all on the ground in January and even went walking up in the usually inpenetrable hills!
The rest of November will be changeable with lots of precipitation. For the mountains there will be a good covering of snow. However it is likely these in December will melt and before Christmas it will be unusually warm. Before Christmas, the cold and new snow will also arrive in the lower lands. But it is also possible that it wont arrive here until after Christmas (that’s hedging your bets)! Right! So Right! ‘cept the melt lasted until the middle of January.
January will be very cold, to -20, but with little snowfall.Wrong, was when it really began to snow properly. It wasn’t that cold, it was relatively mild, to -10! There was quite a phase when the snow was just too gripping for good skiing.
February and the first part of March will be the time for heavy snow fall. The Easter holidays will be great for skiing. Right, but it’s now the beginning of April and it’s still snowing, although it melts quite quickly. What this guy didn’t see was the slipping of the Jet stream to the south, which has delayed spring, caused floods in southern Europe and extra snow, a delayed spring.