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05/11/2019: Today's Updates... 5.50pm...


5.50pm:

After a fine morning, it has been showery here in Chatel with the snow/rain limit falling to about 1500m, in fact we witnessed our first falling flakes of the season at Col du Saix late this afternoon. The heavy rain last night undoubtedly left some decent accumulations towards and above 2000m, but we still await a snowfall to lower elevations. That looks like it might change over the coming days...


There are some interesting differences between some of the models this evening regarding precipitation amounts tomorrow with the GFS model suggesting 1cm of snow to mid station - remember this is the model that powers the vast majority of the automated sites and widgets - so despite its shortcomings, it is a popular model - whereas, other higher res models are suggesting a bit more snowfall than that. E.g. Arome is hinting at a few cm's with a snow/rain limit near to the village.


Thereafter, there remain some encouraging signs for the end of the week / weekend - though we may miss the potential plastering which some other parts of the Alps may receive. More on this in the morning...


Not the best photo - but a view from Saix late this afternoon as the wintry showers affect the area.




8.00am:

Update with a photo showing the current snow line...




7.45am:

There was some heavy rain in the village for a time overnight and this fell as snow above about 1800m.


Temperatures are currently above 0C in the valley, however, ground temperatures are freezing with some ice on some surfaces. There is also some valley fog, with clear skies above, however, showers are likely today with the snow/rain limit easing down. The latest Arome model suggests a covering of snow in the village by Wednesday evening - see below (chart from www.meteociel.fr )


Will update with a photo once the fog has shifted - but next update expected later today...




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