Check out day 2 of our live blog about this 'dump of the decade' here!
A quick round-up from those parts of the Alps that are getting hammered right now. The avalanche danger in the Haute Maurienne and the Haute Tarentaise is now EXTREME (that's five on a scale of five). Same goes for resorts like Saas-Fee and Zermatt in Wallis. There's a lot, and we mean a lot of snow coming down in these parts of the French Alps, the Swiss Alps and the Italian Piedmont. Check out the forecast which tells you everything about this retour d'est here.
The avalanche danger is EXTREME in Val d'Isère right now and people are asked to stay inside. A lot of roads are closed!
Il faudra bientôt un double mètre pour mesurer la couche de #neige au sol au village de #Bonneval sur Arc.— Thomas Blanchard (@ThomasBlanchar2) January 8, 2018
Merci à Romain Aka-Poulko pic.twitter.com/f73lO3MHLT
The current retour d'est is very rare. Météo France published the following statistics:
It's dumping in Val di Susa.
Cervinia (on the south side of the Matterhorn) is getting hammered.
According to Météo France, the avalanche danger is now EXTREME in some regions in the Haute Savoie. There's an active weather alert for that region.
Some great images from Bonneval sur Arc. There's still a lot of snow in the forecast.
Heavy snowfall in Bardonecchia in the Italian Piedmont.