By Meteo Mike
What a glorious day for…………sitting in a traffic jam! The air travellers got away with it as the thick fog only pitched up at Lyon where operations continued with a few delays. But the roads are horrendous. As I type at 1630 hrs there is a 35km queue of traffic from the lights at Aigueblanche, all the way through Moutiers and past the peage on the A43. There are going to be some fractious kids (and parents) in the chalets tonight. I prescribe ‘Chalet Red’ (for the over 18s, obviously).
Meanwhile, we enjoyed a relatively quiet day in Tignes and Val D’Isere, although the Grand Motte sector was busy, there were a couple of cable car loads waiting all morning. After a charge round the early morning pistes we decided to try the offpiste below the Funiculaire station and one or two gullies had collected last night’s snow and there were freshtracks, even if they were only 3cm deep, but as the underlying snowpack was smooth it made for an enjoyable morning. After a coffee we decided to see if spring snow had developed in the Grand Huit area (the pimples). Sadly it was not quite there yet, the sun was not quite strong enough. So every turn was different and we’ll have another go in a week or two!
Tomorrow will be a carbon copy of today, maybe a couple of degrees cooler. Monday will be a nice day but with a thin layer of cloud at height, the weather fronts to the east, that I mentioned yesterday, are now coming a little closer hence the change. Tuesday looks like bringing sunny periods and the warmer temperatures will return. There may be some light snow overnight into Wednesday which will again be made up of sunny periods. Temperatures will be well above freezing by lunchtime, about the same for Thursday. The big change occurs on Friday with high winds and snow above 1900m during the day. The amounts are pretty unsure.
For those travelling tomorrow, the roads will be quieter providing they clear the jams from today!! Flying from the UK should be OK, just the odd bit of mist around (maybe very early fog at Gatwick). Over here, there is a much slimmer chance of fog at the French airports but with a bit of a breeze this should soon clear. Again, Lyon seems to be most susceptible.