• The Chatel Snow Report

14/01/2021: Today's Updates...

Updated: Jan 16

Update 3.05pm:

Snow has been falling again here in Chatel this afternoon, and it has started to settle again, though it is wet snow and the temperature is above 0c, so there hasn't really been any net gains to the snow cover at 1200m yet. A bit higher up and the snow should be mounting up nicely.

Next update early tomorrow with news on overnight accumulations.

Update 11.45am:

There has been a mix of rain, sleet and wet snow this morning in the village, with no additional accumulations to report.

Update 8.35am:

Below are the latest Arome charts from www.meteociel.fr showing forecast snow accumulations from 1am this morning through to tomorrow and tomorrow night. The snowfall for the village elevation should be treated with caution, as the snow/rain boundary does look like staying close to the village, so there is plenty of uncertainty at the 1000m to 1200m elevation.

To highlight the marginal nature of the snowfall for the village today and this evening, the hi-res Arome suggests the 0c isotherm to be situated at...

1387m at 10am

1430m at midday

1500m at 3pm

1400m at 7pm

1338m at midnight tonight

1200m at 5am tomorrow

Currently sleet at 1150m. Updates to follow...

Update 7.35am:

Bonjour from Chatel.

The snow of late yesterday turned to rain overnight, however, it is falling mostly as snow again now, but the situation at village elevation remains marginal. There is about 8cm of very wet fresh accumulations since the previous fall of 32cm on Tuesday afternoon and overnight into yesterday.

Looks like it was a good call over the last couple of days to mention the marginal nature of the snowfall at this elevation.

Update to follow with a look at what the model's are suggesting regarding further accumulations.

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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