The light snow of this morning soon turned moderate to heavy and this has continued all day – when added to the wind I was glad I was having a technique lesson with Evolution 2 as it meant my mind was on something other than the weather. If you could have seen them, the pistes were in excellent condition, but with this level of snowfall it was bumping up quite badly. I didn’t see anyone off piste but at some stage next week there are going to be some great if potentially dangerous pitches on the other side of the poles. The avalanche risk for tomorrow is level 4.
This snow will continue through the night but it will get lighter. There may be a lull in the snow tomorrow morning but it will be back later. The winds will also pick up significantly tomorrow but the snow level will rise to about 1400m, so tomorrow for those in resort it will be bleak and cold. For those leaving you will need snow chains or snow tyres whether you are in Val d’Isere or Tignes. Please don’t try and leave without them as you will just delay everybody else.
Sunday will be pretty much like Saturday, with the intensity of the snow coming and going.
Between now and Sunday evening we are expecting something like 40-60cm of snow.
On Monday most of the wind will have gone but there will be light snow showers all day. Tuesday will be a mixed bag of snow showers and sunny periods but still cold for the time of year and it will be a south easterly courtesy of the Genoa low – Le Fornet anyone?! Wednesday and Thursday look better with more sun – so take care as the powder fever sets in.
I think we already know that tomorrow is going to be difficult on the roads – both ways. So whether you are self drive, private transfer or bus I would prepare yourself with snacks and drinks. Luckily the freezing level is going to rise from today so once you are onto the main roads down past Bourg then the going should be easier, but as there is only one way out it only takes a minor skid to turn the roads into a catastrophe. The striking workers from Carbon Savoie (the stinky factory between Moutiers and Albertville) are also going to be demonstrating at the peage near Albertville – another potential issue, I’m afraid.
For those flying it will be much better than today (Geneva has been regularly closing the runway for snow clearance this afternoon). All the UK airports may see rain showers and from Leeds north there is a chance of sleet showers in the afternoon, which could slow things up a little ooooop north. Over here it will be showery (but of rain) and very windy so expect a bumpy ride especially late in the afternoon. The current Chambery forecast is only valid until 1300hrs tomorrow so potentially with the proximity of the mountains there could be issues around any showers with turbulence if the wind rises to the speed forecast at Lyon. That’s it! Much patience needed on the roads this weekend, but for those arriving from mid-week onwards it is looking goooood.
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