The Savoie and Haute-Savoie have light rain forecast to 2700 m tomorrow as the warm south-west winds continue. The main affects will be some wet snow slides, probably lower down on south facing grassy slopes and it should help to solidify the base after it undergoes a freeze-thaw cycle which will be good for stability.
There has not been a whole lot of good news to report in the last couple of weeks. Last weekend the sun was out and there was good spring skiing to be had above 2000m on south facing slopes… but you had to climb first, something we normally associate with April. Meteo France says that snow cover in the Northern Alps is 40% less than the long term average although things return to near normal above 2500m. The cause - hot weather and wind blowing from the south-west to south-east.
We saw a thick ice covering e-n-w sector slopes yesterday. It was about 1-2cm thick and probably formed when we had rain to 2500-2700m last week which turned to ice when it hit the snow surface. There have been a few deaths in the mountains due to people losing their footing and this is possibly the cause. 3 Spanish climbers died in Gavarnie. The French Rescue Services have said there has also been a marked increase in injuries on piste due to the difficult conditions.
It has been raining since late last night. It is still very warm in the Central French Alps: 3.5C at 1800m with a light wind from the south-east. This probably means it is snowing above 2000m. There will probably be quite a lot of wet snow avalanches during today as the snowpack gets overloaded and watch out for new slabs on north facing slopes.