09/12/2018: Today's Updates... 8.45pm...
Houston, we have a problem... temperatures have actually risen since 6pm to between 3.5c and 4c in the village and surrounds, and a mixture of sleet and snow has been falling, but again, the snow at the village elevation has not been intense enough to come close to settling, since that spell of snow this morning. Snow will have been settling a bit higher up, however, we have been surprised how today has panned out in terms of the sporadic, showery nature of the precipitation. Snowfall is expected tonight, but again it looks marginal at the 1200m elevation until early tomorrow.
The precipitation will have been more intense higher up today, as altitude can make a huge difference - but the big unknown at this stage is whether the quantities of snow that have fallen up there since last night, and will fall tonight, will meet the expectations of all the forecasts and models.
Early updates tomorrow morning - as is usual during snowfalls - and then some leg work to get up into the ski area to find out what has come down.
It is a case of more of the same here at the moment. Sporadic outbreaks of snow of varying intensity. Not intense/heavy enough to settle in the village. Next update, hopefully with better news, towards 9pm.
The snow has pepped up at times since the last update, but still not really settling below about 1350m/1400m. Temp is around 2.5c.
Next update towards 6pm - unless we see something more interesting coming down.
Showers, flurries continue - of little consequence at the moment.
Next update at 4pm.
Not much to report at the moment. Drier since the last update with flurries of snow, sleet and soft hail blowing through. Strong winds higher up blowing the snow around.
Next update expected 2.30pm.
Wet dusting on some surfaces now in the village, just below 1200m, with the snow settling readily a very short distance higher up. Our location of just below 1200m is very close to the boundary of the snow/rain limit by the looks of it, with the heavier precipitation coming down as snow, with lighter precipitation more a sleety mix. However, it is all quite encouraging.
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Promising signs continue - intensity has increased and snow settling in the highest parts of the village as the photo below shows...
Wet snow falling from time to time in the village, not intense enough to settle yet, but still promising in terms of later today and overnight.
Just picked up on a mistake on our forecast page for the estimations for tomorrow - note the numbers were input the wrong way round for the 1200m and 1800m elevations again this morning, which has now been corrected.
Some flakes in the rain in the village, but mostly heavy, driving sleet. Snow/rain limit looks to be a very short distance above the village at between 1300m and 1400m. Promising signs.
The forecast page was updated at 7.45am and it looks like being a VERY interesting day here in Chatel. Currently, strong winds and rain blowing through the village, with some sleety wet blobs now mixed in too. Temperature still hanging around 5C.
Bonjour - currently about 5C with wind and rain. There have been some strong gusts blowing through the village. Now working on the forecast page - looks like the interesting thing today will be the rain/snow limits... forecast expected around 7.45am on ... the chatel-snow-forecast page...
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