Today started nicely with sunshine and the pistes refreshed a little with the 4-5cm of new snow that fell yesterday evening, so hopefully a good last day in Tignes – Val d’Isere for the holidaymakers which are now departing. It has gradually clouded over through the afternoon ahead of the forecast snow/rain, which will start around midnight and continue into early Sunday. The all important snow level will start at around 1900m, slowly sinking to 1300m by mid afternoon – hence the call by the road authorities to get away early if leaving by car. Of course this only needs to drop a couple of hundred metres and snow chains will be essential – you will need them to get up the hill tomorrow afternoon if you have not got snow tyres. All in all about 20cm tomorrow at the level Tignes Le Lac I think – it may be a bit windy at height too.
Sunday will be the nicest day of the week with sunny periods, before the storms return through the night. Monday will be a whiteout with high winds and snow to down below Tignes Le Brevieres – which might be the best place to head! Tuesday and Wednesday will herald snow showers and the odd glimpse of the sun. Timing will be everything to catch the best slopes before Thursday when it will again be horrible but snowy. Overall winter has finally arrived! We will get a lot of snow but that means the Avalanche risk will rise (formally to 2 tomorrow) and then higher as the snow falls – so please take care; this winter has been relatively benign so far – don’t get caught out by complacency.
For the travellers tomorrow, the UK will be wet and windy so fasten your seatbelts, there may be some ‘bucking bronco’ approaches at any of the UK airports but nothing to cause difficulties. Over here it will be raining at all 4 airports but again nothing dramatic. If you are crossing the channel it will be far more comfortable in the Tunnel than on a boat!
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