There was a little bit of sun this morning, but the snow kind of fizzled out – there were a few flocons this afternoon. But it did warm up and the roads turned black again, but this will not last. So it was mostly a day of flat light skiing – not a bad last day for many.
The weather remains quite unpredictable – we may see the sun next week for some periods but it will be cool for the time of year; probably best not to leave the thermals behind. The wind will pick up dramatically this evening and it should start snowing around midnight when the temperature will drop significantly as the winds swing to the north. By the time anyone has thought of leaving, it will be snowing quite heavily, all the way down to Bourg. So expect a slow journey down into the valley and some long tailbacks; you may find bus departure times creeping forward. There will be a brief interlude in the afternoon with less wind and the odd glimpse of the sun. But shortly after dark the wind and the snow will return with the snow line being somewhere around Albertville. The Avalanche risk tomorrow is 4 out of 5 after all the wind and snow tonight – somewhere between 15 and 25 cm of snow over the next 24 hours. Sunday will start with light snow showers but it will improve, though it will be cold with the freezing level at the airports.
Monday currently looks the best day with bright (but cold) sunny periods, and the odd cloud will appear around the peaks. Tuesday and Wednesday look like a mix of snow showers and sunny periods – again the snowline will be way down the valley. The end of the week looks a little more settled.
For those flying tomorrow; it is going to be difficult to be accurate as both here and in the UK most of the airports are expecting precipitation but the forecasters are hedging their bets as to whether it is rain, sleet or snow. The odd degree could make all the difference. With that caveat here goes; in the UK there is a chance of a shower almost anywhere in England. Most forecasts from Manchester southwards have sleet in the forecast but Luton has a chance of heavy snow showers which would slow things down. Unlike today Leeds/Bradford (which was closed for 3 hours due to snow) looks as though any brief showers will be rain. Over in France/Switzerland, Chambery is going for a chance of sleet, Grenoble a chance of snow, Geneva rain and sleet, and Lyon a mix of the lot. All this precipitation should be over by 0900hrs, so there may be the odd wait in the UK for it to clear. In the afternoon there is a chance of a thunderstorm anywhere. Pilots do not fly in thunderstorms – they wait for them to move. So having said all that, probably not many problems unless it drops a degree or 2.
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