A mostly sunny morning this morning, but the cloud has thickened progressively through the afternoon and the wind has started to pick up. Just a quick whizz on piste today – still in excellent condition apart from the odd ridge where the wind has scoured some of the snow away. It was the last day of reasonably empty pistes, looking at the number of traffic jams down the valley. I imagine there will be some fractious tourists about tonight – especially those that diverted from Chambery this morning to then face the thick of the traffic.
The cloud will thicken even more through tonight, it will start snowing around midnight and there will be a gusty wind. This will continue throughout tomorrow, when it will mostly be light snow so maybe 10cm or so in the next 24 hours. Of course new snow and lots of wind means a rise in the Avalanche Risk to Level 3 – considerable. I suspect transfer times for those leaving tomorrow may creep forward. As the weather for the next week is very unsettled the timings of the snow and wind are going to vary – so stay tuned, it’s going to be a bumpy old ride.
On Monday it looks less windy and there may be a glimpse of the sun in the morning, but snow down to 1500m will appear in the afternoon and this will continue through Tuesday. The wind will return by Tuesday morning – another whiteout I fear. Wednesday will be more showery so we may see the sun between fast moving snow showers. It will also feel bitter in the wind with the freezing level down in Bourg. After this it remains unsettled but hopefully there will be a little less wind.
For those travelling tomorrow, the whole of the UK will be showery and very windy around the showers but, with the exception of Leeds Bradford for short periods, the winds should be within crosswind limits. Over here will be pretty much the same wet rollercoaster of a ride – the only weather issue that could cause problems are at Chambery where a mixture of the visibility in heavy showers and the gusty winds swirling round the mountains around those showers could cause issues, hopefully not as bad as today’s fog. If you are on a boat across the Channel – hang on!
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