DISCUSSION: As of about a week ago, a fairly strong low pressure system gradually moved through portions of south-central Europe. As it pushed across southern Europe, it ushered in a substantial amount of Mediterranean moisture northward which subsequently collided with much colder air surging in from portions of northern to northeastern Europe. This collision of air masses and subsequent overriding of the more buoyant moisture over the colder air led to tremendous snowfall totals; especially in the more elevated parts of central-to-northern Italy. As seen in the footage above (courtesy of La Meteo), there were tremendous snowfall drifts after snowfall totals of around 200 cm were measured in and around Pescoconstanzo, Italy back on January 8th.
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