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03/11/2019: Today's Update... Unsettled Weather...

Bonjour from Chatel where the weather is really rather unsettled today, with some rain at times, after a wet Saturday evening and night.


There was a dusting of snow visible high up this morning - above 2000m, which is the first sign of snow this month.


The wet weather is expected to dominate at times today, with some drier and brighter interludes, as a rather potent area of low pressure moves through France, with snow restricted to elevations above 2000m for a time, with some heavy bursts of rain possible.

The 0c isotherm may rise to 2500m at midday before falling to 1900m by approx 6pm and perhaps 1800m for a time thereafter. This is the period of most interest in terms of seeing some wet snow for a time at lower elevations - with perhaps a covering above 1600m and some sleety wet blobs in the village.


After the chance of wintry showers overnight, another spell of precipitation arrives tomorrow (Monday), however, with the 0C isotherm rising again, snow will be mostly restricted to elevations near to, or above 2000m during the day. As is often the case, there are differences between the models regarding the level of the 0C isotherm, which brings some uncertainty regarding where the snow/rain limit will be for both today and tomorrow.


Monday evening and night are expected to see that freezing level come down again, so with the potential for showers, there could be a light covering of snow for parts of the ski area. Tuesday could also see the potential for showers, with perhaps a covering of snow for the mid-station upwards, but details are very sketchy by then.


Thereafter, the details becomes even more uncertain, but there is the potential for snowfall for all elevations of the ski area by next weekend, which is something we'll take a look at over the coming days.


Under any clear skies, frost is likely in the valley overnight this week.


Winter is gradually creeping nearer...

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