Tignes Val d’Isere Snow Report & Weather Forecast – 13.01.17

Meteo Mike Snow Reports Tignes Val d'IsereBy Meteo Mike
It has been a wild one at 2100m, it has been snowing lightly all day although it seemed worse as last nights snow has been blowing around. There was a gust of 240kph on the Grande Motte last night Shocked It has been a battle to keep the lifts open with the wind, it seemed like it was the Brevieres sector that had the most of the skiing today.The snow and wind will continue well into the night, it may even get heavier in the small hours. The wind should start to die down at resort level by breakfast time. Again, expect delays opening as the resort staff sort out all the snow into some meaningful and safe pattern. The winds will remain at altitude but the snow intensity will drop after lunch which should help the holidaymakers on the way in. Expect an early departure on the Tour Ops bus in the morning. There will be a few sunny periods on Sunday and a brisk wind at height, it will be very cold. The next 3 days appear to bring sunny periods with clouds on the peaks. There will still be a wind at height and it will be mind numbingly cold out of the sun and in the wind.For those travelling tomorrow, expect delays! The Savoie region is expecting 23,000 vehicles to come up the hill and 20,000 to go down. Normally, this would cause a few bottlenecks at peak times, but as the snow will be to the valleys and airports, expect delays and expect to be told to put chains on by the police if you have not got snow tyres, they may also insist on chains for 2WD cars equipped with winter tyres. In the UK there is a slim chance of a snow shower almost anywhere. They will be light and so should not cause too much disruption as they also won’t last long. It will also be bumpy around any of these showers. Over here in paradise, it is pretty much the same deal but the showers may be heavier, which could mean the runways have to be closed for ploughing which will cause a delay or two. If the aircraft is on the ground when the snow hits it will also need de-icing, again causing delays. If a heavy shower hits Chambery (a 50/50 chance), it may stop approaches for a while, hopefully Biggles will have loaded extra fuel to allow for some holding or you may end up diverting. Pack some sandwiches a sense of humour as it will be worth it when you get here!

 

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