13/01/2021: Today's Updates...
Updated: Jan 16
Snow has started falling again here in Chatel in the last hour. Hopefully, the village will be on the right side of the snow/rain boundary over the next 24 hours, however, it will be marginal for 1200m, as that 0c isotherm is still expected to nudge towards 1500m at times.
Next update - early tomorrow.
Further snowfalls are expected to arrive later this afternoon and continue through tomorrow and potentially into Friday. Significant accumulations are expected across much of the ski area to add to the snowfall of yesterday and last night.
However, it is milder now and the snow/rain boundary is expected to be close to the village later today and overnight and perhaps during tomorrow too. The hi-res Arome model has the 0c isotherm at 1450m at 6pm, 1500m by midnight and remaining between 1400m and 1500m overnight, and varying between 1300m and 1500m tomorrow. This means that although the snow/rain boundary will lower in periods of heavier precipitation, there is likely to be some rain in the mix at 1000m, and this could affect the village elevations for a time. As it is such a marginal situation for the 1200m elevation, it really could go either way in terms of whether there is significant village snowfall or a bit of a slush fest. Areas above 1400m should get plastered.
Below are the latest Arome charts from www.meteociel.fr and these highlight the potential for significant snowfall and also the chance of wetter spells in areas such as the Morzine valley. If these charts are any way near accurate, then the Chatel ski area should have received well over 1m of snow above 1600m by the weekend. Today the avalanche risk is very high and it may be extreme by then.
Update to follow late this afternoon.
The scenes are very snowy here in Chatel this morning (more photos posted on the WhatsApp group). There'll be a look at what is coming next in a few minutes...
Bonjour from Chatel.
There is 32cm of fresh snowfall on top of our van this morning, which is the total since yesterday lunchtime. It is less cold now (currently 0c at 1150m), so the snow on the ground is heavier. Currently dry but cloudy.
Updates and photos to follow this morning, along with a look at the next batch of snow, which is set to arrive this afternoon and could bring significant accumulations, however, the snow/rain boundary looks very marginal for the the village...
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.