Snowstorm today after the weekend rain in Chamonix!
After a lot of rain up high on Saturday and Sunday (rain up to 2600m or around the top of Bochard/Herse!!!), the weather dried off on Monday, and now it is snowing again at low altitudes all day today. This is some serious roller-coaster weather, with high winds, lots of precipitation, and a wildly yo-yo-ing freezing line since last Thursday. There is no way to tell right now, but there has to have been some seriously big snowfalls above 3000m this week.
This afternoon I went up to Brevent/Flegere to check out the new snow. At 1900m there was about 10-15cm of nice quality fresh powder sitting on top of a solid crust from the refrozen rain, and it was snowing heavily all afternoon. There is certainly quite a bit more new snow higher up the mountain today. Many of the larger lifts were closed around Chamonix today, due to the high winds.
Tomorrow it should be clearing up, with a lot of sunshine, but cold, with a strong northerly wind forecast. More ski lifts should be open tomorrow, after avalanche control, hopefully with deep enough snow to not feel the raincrust! Then the next few days are set to be really sunny, with less wind after Thursday.
The rain doesn't seem to have done too much damage above 2000m, although it was hard to see today. Below 1800m, though, we have lost quite a lot. The Montenvers webcam showed a lot of bare ice and rock yesterday on the return traverse from the Vallee Blanche, and now this new snow will just be covering that (The level of the glacier is quite low altitude these days, due to it melting fast!)