There have been some big snowfalls reported in the southern Alps over the past 24 hours.

The snowfall totals are some of the biggest since the huge January snowfalls and follow a mostly dry and often cold February.

Accumulations of up to 50cm (20 inches) have been reported in the southern French Alps, as well as in Western Italy and parts of Switzerland.

The biggest accumulation reported so far was 50cm at Puy St Vincent in the southern French Alps with Serre Chevalier (pictured top) reporting 40cm and many other ski areas in the region 20-40cm.  Superdevoluy (pictured above and below) has had 30cm of snow since yesterday.

Over the border in to Italy there’s been 30cm (a foot) of fresh snow at Bardonecchia.

In Switzerland Verbier has reported 256cm of fresh snow so far and Chateau d’Oex near Gstaad 30cm.

More snow is expected to keep falling in to the weekend with accumulations expected to grow further north too with resorts including Chamonix and Val d’Isere expecting significant snowfall over the next few days.