Multiple snowstorms, dubbed “the biggest in recent memory,” have paralysed the central European nation of Austria — up to three meters of snow has been recorded in just 48 hours, killing at least 7.
It started snowing at the turn of the new year and has barely let-up since.
Worst hit regions include Saalbach, Kitzbuhel, Ski Welt and Zell am See, where there is talk of this being the most snow since the winter of 1978-79 (solar minimum of relatively weak solar cycle 20).
“It is certainly the most snow I can remember in these lower Austrian resorts and I have been following weather and snowfall patterns avidly for about 30 years,” said the alpine snow expert, Fraser Wilkin, from weathertoski.co.uk.
Many towns and villages have been buried due to the monster snow totals.
The village of Hohentauern in central Austria is one them — it’ been cut off since last Saturday, Jan 05, trapping 270 people, including 60 children.
“The village is safe and we’re keeping the streets clear,” said the owner of a hotel to local media:
More debilitating snow fell last night, Jan 13/14 in Tyrol, Austria:
And there’s yet more in the forecast, with practically ALL of Europe looking set to get buried over the next 10 days:
Grand Solar Minimum