This morning was bright, blue and cold but soon warmed up in the sun. A chilly breeze at height prevented overheating. As it was from the east and strong at 4000m there was some spectacular lens cloud (altocumulous lenticularis for the officianado, or flying saucers to the kids) over the Italian Frontier.
I spent the day on piste around Tignes and Val d’Isere – after yesterday’s sun a lot of the pistes were hard early on, but it is not yet warm enough to make them slushy late afternoon. This heating is increasing the weight of the snow and tomorrow the avalanche risk rises from 2 to 3 in the afternoon as a wet slide could be triggered. It is now the time of year to consider off piste a mainly morning activity and then have a late-ish lunch. Tomorrow will be the same as today weather wise.
Sunday will be very similar with a bit more cloud and wind in the afternoon; a layer in a rucksack would be a good plan. Likewise Monday and Tuesday. We are then into ‘April Showers’ for a couple of days so take your pick really!
For those travelling by air tomorrow, the main problem is the high pressure over the south of England. It will be misty from Birmingham southwards and all 4 London airports are forecasting a 30-40% chance of fog – nothing to stop flying but if it happens (and 4 x 30% =120% so its a fair bet somewhere will get it) there could be delays. Up North there may be a bit of mist. Over here, Geneva and Chambery are both forecasting a nice day, Lyon and Grenoble are forecasting a bit of mist, and there is a slim chance of some freezing fog at Grenoble before 9am but aircraft should still be able to land. Let’s hope Chambery has a good day and no kids cause a bomb scare by leaving a rucksack in the terminal (as happened last Sunday on a glorious day!)
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