The sky was obscured this morning though there was still enough light to give a shadow – but by the time I had been down the valley shopping the snow had started in Tignes at about midday. The snow was quite wet and did not settle on the roads and balconies but it will have done on the pistes, especially higher up, so a fresh layer to keep us entertained in the morning. There appeared to be a lot of traffic coming up the hill with holiday weekenders, so it might not be as quiet as usual.
The very light snow will stop this evening just after dark and the skies will progressively clear. But tomorrow will be glorious – after a few clouds on the peaks dissipate we will be left with Katrina and the Waves as we will be “Walking on Sunshine – whoa”. The temperatures should easily get into double figures across Tignes – Val d’Isere – there might still be a chilly breeze above about 2800m though. Down on the terraces it may well be time to dig out your bikini. However, that all changes on Sunday with a drop in temperature, clouds, strong breezes and light snow showers throughout the day. The snowline will be around Tignes Les Brevieres, so it will be a day of hitting the sweet spot between the damp snow and the winds aloft. Monday will be very similar with snow showers most of the day and wind up high. Tuesday looks like sunny periods and showers, nothing too dramatic. After that the confidence in the forecast is not high, but showery seems like a good bet; the thunderstorms seem to have slipped to Thursday.
For those flying tomorrow, most of the UK will be miserable with high winds and rain or showers. The winds are mainly southerly, most runways in the UK are east-west so there will be crosswinds and some bouncy approaches. Over here it will be calm and tranquil, so you can relax and think about those of us having a ball on the pistes with Katrina ringing in our ears!
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