This morning we woke to 30cm of snow and it has snowed all day – however, since I cleared my balcony at lunchtime nothing more has settled on it so it is warming up. Needless to say I didn’t venture out with the hardened holidaymakers but I did get a snow report from our resident ex national racer who said it was like concrete! Both glaciers were shut all day as were the other high lifts. With the rise in temperatures overnight I don’t think we are in for a powder day tomorrow – but there will be lots of new windblown snow on high and the piste bashers will make the pistes into corduroy (hopefully). Above 2000m the avalanche risk will be 4 – the official forecaster is waxing lyrical about how the snow pack will be like April because of the temperature and rain overnight and he expects a spate of avalanches.
The snow will continue until tomorrow morning and the wind will abate through the night, but the temperatures will rise leading to a snow line of 2700(!)m by morning. But a breeze will remain at height. The sun will appear behind a veil of cloud mid-morning and the freezing level shoots up to 4000m. Tuesday will be similar with the temperatures dropping a little. Winter returns on Wednesday with snow for most of the day down to below 1500m – there may be the odd glimpse of cloud. Thursday is a little unpredictable but a mix of sunshine and showers and a snowline where it should be at this time of year. Friday looks like being sunny – beyond that it looks unsettled but to be honest I have more chance of picking the winning numbers in Lotto than getting it right!
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Pic by YSE Chalets, Val d’Isere.