A mixed bag of almost everything today; snow, drizzle, cloud and sun! But we did have 10cm in resort and 15cm at height over the last 24 hours – this rapidly consolidated as it remained quite mild throughout. So a day of chasing the gaps and avoiding the showers. The temperatures definitely make it feel like Spring and the first marmots have been reported in Val d’Isere’s Le Fornet at 1850, and on Tignes’ Palafour; expect them to wake up higher up over the next 10 days or so.
The weak front continues to meander around Central Europe in a lackadaisical manner for the next day or so. The showers will stop after dark tonight and the skies will clear mostly so tomorrow will be a nice day with a few clouds around the peaks. A brisk south-easterly wind will build up through the day, which may close one or two of the high lifts and make it feel a bit chilly after that long lunch on the terrace. Thursday will be a mixed bag of sunshine and light showers – the snowline will be about 2500m on average. However, the main feature will be a strong gusty wind from the east-south-east which will make the temperatures academic as it will feel cold. It’s a bit unsure at the moment but if the wind reaches the speeds currently forecast then a lot of lifts will close.
A bit of a change for Friday as it now looks like an area of low pressure with a complex set of fronts is going to form over the Gulf Of Genoa. This is going to give us a strong easterly wind and potentially a reasonable amount of snow down to 2100m – it will be showers in the morning and quite heavy in the afternoon. A couple of the apps are getting very excitable about the amount of snowfall, others are being a bit more realistic – a developing situation to keep an eye on.
The weekend can be summed up as April showers and quite warm. As a consequence of the rise in temperatures and rain at lower altitudes the avalanche risk rises to 3 out of 5 at lunchtime tomorrow. For off piste it is now the season to get up early and finish around lunchtime. Enjoy tomorrow, it will be the best day left this week.
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