GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva Airport officially had 24cm of snow Monday 11 February, although many people on the outskirts of the city swear it had to have been more. By 07:00 15cm had fallen and by 11:00, shortly after the airport re-opened, another 5cm had been added.
The storm was intense but very local, with snow heavy as far as Lausanne, then easing up the further east one went, until there was virtually no snow east of Lutry. The Valais Alps had only 1-4cm.
MeteoSwiss, the national weather service, says the Geneva area normally has this kind of snow only once every 10 years. The last time was in 1 December 2010 when 29cm of snow fell on the city, and before that it was 1991. But Geneva’s dump of snow yesterday was still far from the “snowfall of the century 16-17 February 1985, when the city had 45cm.
Geneva Cooperation International, a web site published by the canton, has beautiful photos of the UN and other international offices surrounded by snow Monday; they are looking for more photos from anyone who wants to share their images.