It has snowed all day in Tignes – Val d’Isere. Despite the odd tempting glimpse of the sun we have had moderate snow since before I woke up. It is a little cooler than yesterday so the snow is in better condition, but it was still quite damp in the lower villages where all sensible people headed. There was much more definition in the trees and less wind – the Grande Motte Cable Car remained closed due to the high winds up there. It’s also nicer to ride up in a bubble when the snow is damp!
It will carry on snowing into the middle of the night when the cloud will start to break up. We should have sunny periods in the morning, the air will be a degree or two colder and there will be a breeze to make it seem chilly. However, it’s going to be a good day so hopefully people will not notice.
The weather for ‘Le Weekend’ and Monday will be dominated by a Genoa Low so it’s a bit tricky to forecast as it all depends how much the precipitation breaks over from Italy. As an example I have just looked at one site that forecasts snow depth (the actual amounts don’t matter – it’s the relative ones that make the point) and totalled up the snowfall for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Val d’Isere is expecting 41cm, Tignes 35cm, Les Arcs 21cm and La Plagne 17cm. East to West as the crow flies that is only about 30km, so location is everything! Le Fornet might be a top tip!
Saturday will be cloudy, another degree or two cooler and there will be strong winds – so it will feel like winter is back. However, for the 31,000 cars arriving and the 28,000 departing the weather should not cause too many problems. Of course, there will still be traffic jams in all the usual places but the numbers are 5,000 or so down on the peak weekends. Sunday morning will be windy as well, but there should be some good breaks in the cloud during the day to enjoy the fresh snow. Monday will be a real mixed bag, Tuesday looks a little better. The Jetstream will still be to the south of us or above us for the rest of next week so unsettled looks like a good summary.