11/02/2020: Today's Updates... Day 62...
It has been an afternoon of strong winds, which have slowly eased and there have also been snow showers and flurries, though there are no accumulations in the village and there looks to have been only a light covering higher up. Blowing snow will have created some slightly deeper pockets of fresh snow on the upper half of the ski area, along with some scored areas too.
A few cm's are possible tonight...
The strength of the wind has again been causing issues on the ski area today with 15 lifts currently closed and the issues are set to continue this afternoon. So far today, there has been no noticeable snowfall - though this may change later today.
For those coming out for the half term holidays, it is worth pointing out that most of the ski area has good snow cover, especially above 1600m in the PLJ and Linga sectors and those pistes which have a mix of natural and man made snow, are probably secure until the end of the season.
Yesterday, we highlighted the fact that the Barbossine area is one which is now struggling with a lack of snow, so although that is not indicative of the ski area as a whole, it is indicative of the situation on lower, sunny aspect slopes, which have no snow cannon cover.
A view across the village this morning (see photo below), highlights the fact that winter has never really got going this year down at 1200m, with mostly modest snowfalls being followed by very mild spells. The recent mild spell stripped the snow from the village again and the red arrow below points to what used to be an old village piste. This was chosen as one of the early pistes in the village, as it is effectively north facing and is one of the most snow secure areas at village elevation. The photo highlights the thin cover on this field, at a location where you would normally expect some really good snow depths.
For there to be so little snow at this elevation in the heart of the winter is unusual.
In addition to this morning's forecast - here is the latest Arome model forecast for wind gusts in km/h for 2pm today. After a period of less strong winds this morning, this model suggests they will increase again this afternoon.
Chart from www.meteociel.fr
6.40am: Bonjour from Chatel... where it has been another very windy night with some big gusts coming through the valley and village once again. Temperatures are currently 3.5C in the village, so still fairly mild, but they are no where near the temperatures of this time yesterday.
This morning's forecast is expected to be online today at approx 7.45am at: http://www.chatelweb.com/chatel_snow_forecast.php - and updates on this page will follow during the day.
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