The most noticeable aspect of the past week has been very low temperatures - typically in the -10C - -20C range in the northern Alps, although St Moritz reported an overnight low of -33C on Monday morning. 

 resort in southern Italy that has racked up the most snowfall over the past seven days for any resort in Europe or North America - with 1.8m. The mainstream media has also been showing snow in unusual locations like the Colleseum in Rome, and the extreme cold and heavy snow has been causing major health and safety issues in several Eastern European countries. In ther south west there's been more heavy snow in the Pyrenees.

To the north of Europe the first significant snowfalls have been reported in Belgium and there was a few centimetres in the UK


It has been snowing again in Austria after a couple of days with sun, blue sky and minus 20 degrees with nearly no snowfall. Seven resorts reports more than 20cm of snowfall including Obertauern and Schladming. This snowfall has now lessened and it's sunny again at present.

There is still a lot snow at the slopes in most resorts in Austria with 480cm snow at the Dachstein Glacier and St Anton at Arlberg and 440cm at Lermoos.


As throughout Europe, a dry cold has settled over France for about a week and no major changes are expected, probably until next Tuesday. All the eastern mountain areas (Vosges, Jura, Massif Central and Alps) report every morning polar temperatures (-17 to -24°c) and with this cold, no hope of any new snow. However in the south the French Pyrenees have been seeing heavy snowfall all week.


Italy has seen some of the largest snowfalls in the world in the past seven days with Roccaraso - Rivisondoli topping the snowfall league with 1.9m (over six feet) since this time last week. In the dolomites to the both there have been healthy falls averaging 40cm too.


In Switzerland conditions are great at the moment and the next few days will remain sunny and cold. In some areas like Appenzellerland and Airolo fresh snow came down on Tuesday. In Engelberg you still can find the best snow depth with 470cm followed by Gstaad Mountain Rides with 400 m and Crans Montana with 390cm. Ski resorts like Saas Fee with 342cm snow and nearby Zermatt are also in very good in shape but temperatures are around minus 17 degrees and the sky is sunny.