This morning looked pretty dire as it was misty and damp. It started sleeting at 2100m at lunchtime – this soon changed to snow so the slopes will have much more snow on them tomorrow. It is now starting to settle on balconies etc and snow chains seem to be the order of the day for vehicles without snow tyres. It seems like only a couple of aircraft lost the Chambery cloud lottery this morning – no doubt their passengers are enjoying a bus tour of the Rhone Alps. There were a fair few delays though.
Nothing has changed the level of unpredictability of the weather unfortunately. The snow will continue into the evening with a snow level at about 1600m. For the night owls there may be a chance to see the odd star but the snow will start again before daylight. The snow level may creep up to 1700m but soon into the afternoon it will be where it belongs in January – below the Espace Killy! The winds will pick up during the day – I would be tempted to stay in your respective valley in case they are obliged to close the high lifts. Whatever the actual temperature it will seem like winter! The temperature yo-yos up through Sunday night but the snow will continue where it matters – the winds will be the problem by Monday morning when it will be blowing a hooley or as they say over here ‘il fait un vent á décorner les boeufs’ – a wind to blow the horns off the cattle. If anything Tuesday could be even more windy, unless the isobars wiggle a bit in our favour. Wednesday looks blustery with snow showers but we may see the sun behind rapidly moving clouds.
Air travel should not face any weather issues tomorrow according to the latest forecasts – blustery and showery in the UK (particularly in the south where it will be a southerly and therefore a crosswind). Over here there will be showers. Inevitably the channel will be bumpy. The roads will be calm but chains will probably be a requirement for the last few miles if you do not have snow tyres.
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