Heavy snowfall has been reported in the Alps for the start of September.

The snow, expected to continue falling until Sunday or Monday, was widely welcomed after one of the hottest summers on record thawed much of the snow cover from glacier slopes, leaving several summer ski areas forced to close temporarily.

The heaviest snowfall is expected to accumulate today, Friday September 1st, and tomorrow, Saturday 2nd with up to 60cm of fresh snow possible.

The fresh snowfall was particularly welcomed at the Pitztal glacier (below), one to Austria’s highest ski slopes and one of half a dozen due to open for the 2017-18 ski season in just a few weeks’ time. The resort had only yesterday removed protective covers from its glacier designed to protect them from the summer sun.

Tschüss Vlies, bis zum nächsten Jahr!#vorbereitungsarbeiten #schneedepot #vorfreude #skisaison1718 #pitztalergletscher #dachtirols

Posted by Pitztaler Gletscher on Donnerstag, 31. August 2017


The Hintertux glacier was also a recipient of fresh snow, and a candidate for the tile ‘first snowman of the 2017-128 ski season’ was built here.

Passo Stelvio in Italy (below), which was forced to close its summer ski operation for several weeks in August for the first time in its history, also welcomed the snow fall.

Here is something for all you suffering winter lovers – heavy snowfall at Stelvio Pass (2757 m elevation) in north Italy today, September 1. Video: Pirovano Stelvio

Posted by Severe Weather Europe on Freitag, 1. September 2017


Unfortunately the forecast is for a return to warm weather once the weather front clears the alps, but hopefully this is the start of a return to more normal late summer and early autumn temperatures.