Seems the circulation models worked well enough.
“Cold front blankets Brocken in snow”
Image credit The Local, German news in English. (link click image)
On 2nd October I wrote: “I noticed what might be early October snow for the Alps, they have had one minor spate already. This is for next weekend, 8/9th Oct 2011, assuming of course the models forecast correctly. A week ahead is improbable when there are unstable conditions.”, right here.
On the 9th a quick news search and top item
“Snow across The Alps
Saturday October 8, 2011
Heavy snow is coming down in some parts of The Alps. For many ski resorts it is the first big fall of the coming season though of course much of it will melt. In the meantime lets enjoy it and think of things to come.”
“ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The season’s first real snowfall has hit the entire Swiss Alps, with a tailback of 7km at the northern entrance to the St Gotthard tunnel mid-afternoon Saturday, according to Touring Club Swiss’s real-time road advisory service.” geneva
Meanwhile in New Zealand, resort with supposed end of season 16th October.
“New snow blankets Mt Hutt
Tuesday, 4 October 2011, 3:12 pm
Press Release: NZSki
Media release from Mt Hutt
October 4 2011
New snow blankets Mt Hutt”