Today was not bad, in the morning there was enough light through the breaks in the cloud to grab a bit of the untracked around Familial. There were some really interesting cloud formations as the weather approached from the west – dark and foreboding springs to mind! The winds aloft were also strong meaning there was little action on either of the glaciers. After lunch the light started to go quickly and the winds started to affect the slopes around the resort level. So by 3pm it was time for a cuppa. In the last hour or so the wind has picked up dramatically and it is now snowing moderately – it has begun!
The intensity of the snowfall will pick up over the next couple of hours, the most significant falls are going to be overnight so expect to be woken early in the morning by the pisteurs as they start throwing explosives around to make it safe. It will continue to snow lightly or moderately throughout tomorrow but the wind will be the overriding problem. I expect few lifts to be open in the morning because of the wind and we will have to wait until the slopes have been declared safe. Be patient the snow won’t go away!! The winds and snow will continue into Saturday but we will see sunny periods and light snow showers in the afternoon, so expect transfer out times to come forward. Coming up the hill in the afternoon should not be too bad, snow tyres or chains will probably be required. Sunday looks more benign with sunny periods and lightish winds but the temperatures will be glacial. These low temperatures continue through the early part of next week. Monday and Tuesday look to both be days of sunny spells and snow showers. The nights will be bone chillingly cold!