• The Chatel Snow Report

11/01/2021: Today's Updates...

Updated: Jan 16

Update 9.25am:

Temperatures have fallen further this morning and are currently around -16c in the valley!

Here's a look at the possible accumulations of fresh snow, which are expected to arrive from tomorrow.

The first chart is from the short range, hi-res Arome model, showing potential accumulations up to 1am on Wednesday. Thereafter, the charts are from the Arpege model, which shows a similar situation at 1am on Wednesday and it also shows a heck of alot more snow to follow!

One note of caution is that the snow/rain limits may become marginal for the village at times on Wednesday and Thursday. For example, the GFS model has the 0c isotherm at 1500m on Wednesday afternoon and Arpege appears to concur. Sometimes, these snow/rain limit forecasts rise once they get into the range of the highest resolution models, so this is one to keep an eye on in terms of the potential for some damper weather lower down. At the moment, it does look as though the settling snow/rain limit could be between 950m and 1250m at times, but hopefully not much higher. One potentially mitigating factor is that the precipitation may be heavy at times, which would bring down the snow/rain limit.

We will know more on tomorrow morning's Arome update, but there looks like being a very interesting few days coming up with a chance that parts of the ski area will get plastered.

Next week also looks very interesting, with perhaps the first signs of the SSW (Sudden Stratospheric Warming) becoming influential - but will it bring snow or mild to this part of the Alps?... more on this tomorrow.

Charts from www.meteociel.fr

Update 7.15am:

Bonjour from Chatel. Temperatures have dipped below -13c in the village early this morning and are closer to -15c in the valley.

There is some snow in the forecast from tomorrow, so the latest accumulation forecast charts will be posted on an update this morning.

Photo below is from yesterday's excursion.

The lifts on the ski area are closed until further notice. Next update from the French government is expected around the 20th January.

Bars, restaurants and cafes are expected to remain closed until further notice (takeaway services allowed).

Although confinement has ended in France - an overnight curfew is in place from 8pm to 6am.

Private gatherings indoors should be kept to a maximum of 6 adults according to advice from the French government.

Travel between regions in France is allowed.

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