08/12/2018: Today's Updates... 6.55pm
Snow flurries have been blowing around in the wind since our last update, mostly very light and nothing is settling in the village. There are mixed messages from the models this evening regarding tomorrow, so it looks like being a bit of a nowcast situation from tomorrow morning onwards - which we should have updates from early in the day - somewhere around 6.30am onwards.
Unknowns for tomorrow morning include where the 0C isotherm and snow/rain limit will be and also the intensity of precipitation during the day tomorrow.
Tomorrow has been signalled for some time now, as being the day which might deliver significant snowfall, so expectations are high... will it deliver?
The weather remains cloudy here in Chatel with a chilly breeze and the light snow flurries have continued. Temperatures are between 2.5C and 3C.
It's all a bit of a waiting game at the moment... we'll probably take a look at the evening model runs and what various forecasts are suggesting on an update later...
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Back in the warm now... well the trip up to the Col de Croix was worthwhile in that it was confirmation of some disappointing returns from last night's cold front. There was only perhaps 2cm to 3cm of fresh snow at 1800m, well short of all expectations. It looks as though much of the precipitation had passed through the area before the colder air had arrived, which is often a danger when a cold front is preceded by very mild air. The models did not really get a handle on this one, though areas above 2000m might have fared a little better.
One the plus side, the mountainsides are looking much whiter again this morning, but we now really need the snow event, which is expected from tonight and through until Monday, to deliver the goods. All indications still suggest a significant snowfall for at least the upper half of the ski area, with some decent quantities possible lower down - if the snow/rain limits play ball.
It was mentioned yesterday that some patience was going to be needed this weekend and that is very much the case for today.
First live update from the mtn / currently sheltering near Mouet after jog to Col de Croix - very little fresh snow at 1800m - looks like an epic model fail regarding last night’s cold front... more on this when back in the warm... views below,..
Now there is some light, here are a couple of early photos taken a few minutes ago. It is very difficult to estimate how much has fallen higher up, due to the strong winds overnight and its effect on the trees - but hope to investigate this morning.
Snow forecast page has been updated and hopefully the 1200m and 1800m estimates are the right way round today (see below). Snow flurries here in Chatel and temperature has fallen to close to 0.5C.
Whilst writing this morning's forecast, an error on yesterday's forecast was spotted - with the snow accumulation estimates for the 1200m and 1800m the wrong way round - doh!
6.20am: A wet dusting on some surfaces this morning at our location in Chatel at just below 1200m. Current temperature close to 1C with snow flurries. We await the daylight to see what the situation is a little higher up...
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