It has been a wild old day! There is a lot of new snow on the pistes (with 15cm in the villages and 20cm higher being reported for yesterday) so I expect they will be in very good condition but, with the odd bright period just to lull people out as an exception, today has been a whiteout. Gusts in excess of 150kph have been reported from the top of the Grande Motte, even 135kph on the Solaise. The snow has been showery in nature but some of them were very intense. Meteo France has downgraded the amount of snow for today and tomorrow to 25cm each – we will just have to see when the bloke with the ruler goes out in the morning. This means that we have escaped Avalanche Risk 5 tomorrow – it is 4 but they have a warning for very large avalanches so again be very careful and remain on the pistes.
The snow will continue through the night when there will also be very high winds. They will calm a bit by morning so tomorrow will be pretty much like today but the snow level will be down towards Bourg so driving will be a bit more tricky. A day to hide between the trees! Wednesday will still see snow but more showery, the winds will abate a bit but with the drop in temperatures (snowline at 400m) it will feel bitter. Thursday looks like the least worst day this week (but it is very changeable) with a chance of seeing the sun – the clouds will return in the late afternoon to bring more snow. Sunny periods and snow showers pretty much covers Friday and Saturday but it will be colder still – definitely putting the B into Baltic. Beyond that the Met computer models are disagreeing so I have little chance! But we will still be under the Jetstream – so it is likely to be unsettled.
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