Well, the weather elves threw a curved ball again. There was a lot of snow overnight, 30cm in Tignes Le Lac, 50cm on the Grand Motte, and 40cm in Val d’Isere. As the Le Fornet sector didn’t open all day (with the exception of the cable car and a chair) due to security work and a lot of pistes over that way are closed due to avalanche risk I suspect they had a whole lot more! The light was poor this morning and there was a sharp breeze, but there was an hour where blue skies and the sun were spotted, so fresh tracks for all – on or off piste! But it was quite warm this morning so with the depth of snow it was quite tricky.
The snow has now returned and will continue through the evening. Tomorrow now looks cloudy with a freezing level around 2000m but it will be windy so it will feel cold – the avalanche risk remains 4 out of 5. I suspect there may be the odd flocon or two floating in the wind, particularly in Val d’Isere.
Tuesday looks like the best day of the week at the moment as a ridge of high pressure pokes towards us from the Azores. This will also mark the end of the Retour D’Est (the easterly winds and snow) so sunny periods will be the order of the day. The freezing level will be at 1500m, so a hint of spring perhaps for a day as Wednesday marks the return of weather from the northwest, so more snow and the odd sunny period in strong winds. Thursday will be pretty similar, and for that matter so will Friday and Saturday. Is it possible to have too much snow????
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