Well the retour d’est has delivered again to Tignes and Val D’Isere. Regular readers will recall that this often brings a lot of snow to Le Fornet and progressively less as you head west. Well the Pisaillas glacier received 70 cm last night. Not surprisingly it has been shut all day, over in Tignes we had 10-15cm. This morning was very windy so we dropped down to Les Brevieres to skin up to Les Boisses, not many folks around, it being Saturday as you can see in today’s snap.
Anyone for Iron Maiden:
Run on and on
Run on and on
The loneliness of the long distance tourer
The pistes have benefitted from the top up, off piste was very variable, in Tignes there had not been enough snow to cover the bumps, in Le Fornet I suspect it will be good but windblown (gusts of 137 kph last night). The cloud has ebbed and flowed across the resorts, its now quite grey. The roads were OK as far as the village this morning, but there was much buffoonery as folks tried to do the last mile without chains causing carnage on the road to Val Claret. Its really quite warm so the streets are now awash, so should be alright for the rest of the day.
I think tomorrow will be like today, a reasonable morning with the chance of a light snow shower and a sharp breeze in the afternoon, it will be a bit cooler than today. Overnight the thermometer will plunge and it will be a very cold, but sunny, morning (definitely 2 layers colder!). Again some light cloud may well drift in from the east in the afternoon. The temperatures will drop further in the afternoon and evening (watch out for frost nip, especially with the little ones). It will be bone chillingly cold overnight (-20 in the villages) and Tuesday will be a sunny but very, very cold day. We will be lucky to see temperatures above -10, even in the villages. Wednesday will be a few degrees warmer and there will be more cloud about, but the winds may pick up. The weather is set to change on Thursday, but the models are disagreeing, but at some stage it will be warmer and potentially very snowy and windy.
For the snakes on a plane tomorrow there will be few problems with the weather, but it may be quite bumpy in the south of England and over here (the French airport weather forecaster must be on strike but from the overall synopsis it appears OK). The roads should not present a problem.