Since Sunday, Mercantour is on orange alert “avalanches” …
The latest heavy snow has hit the access to the ski station. “Due to an avalanche on the access road to Isola 2000 (RM 97 – Isola), it is cut in both directions to traffic, since 1.15am Monday morning, for an indefinite period,” indicated the department Alpes-Maritimes and the Nice Côte d’Azur metropolis.
No reopening period provided by the resort
“A snow slide was triggered by an avalanche located close to Isola 2000, said a spokesman for the ski resort. For the moment, no opening time can be specified in view of climatic conditions. ”
On Sunday afternoon, Météo-France issued an orange alert bulletin for very high avalanche risk until Tuesday morning. “The heavy snowfall, accompanied by a southeast wind and is more or less strong [40 to 80 cm during the last 48 hours] have increased the avalanche risk to level 4 (strong), during the night of Sunday to Monday at 5am it increased the warning to Very Strong on the massive Upper Mauriennne and Mercantour “, and forecasters still indicate further risks on Monday morning.
Other expected avalanches still all day Monday
This week is the last of the winter holidays for Zone C of Education (Academies of Paris, Versailles, Créteil, Toulouse and Montpellier).
“The continued snowfall during the day on Monday will keep the avalanche risk at level 5 (very strong) throughout the day, also indicates Météo-France. . As a result of this heavy snowfall, many natural releases of large avalanche magnitude are expected. They can touch the road infrastructure sectors or altitude usually threatened during episodes of very heavy snowfall. “