14/12/2019: Today's Updates...
The cloudy weather has persisted all day here with winds remaining strong high up and there have been some further showers. The photo below shows the approximate snowline this afternoon - approx 1800m for snow on the trees. Hopefully, the weather will be a bit brighter tomorrow and we should have an update from the ski area.
Unfortunately the model runs so far this evening have reinforced the very mild message for the next few days, with a southerly flow from North Africa on the way. More on this on tomorrow morning's forecast page.
The weather has remained cloudy here in Chatel with some showers and plenty of wind, which has restricted list operation to 6 lifts at PLJ. The snow / rain limit was reportedly above Plaine Dranse at 1pm. Temperatures has eased back from their highs today, which were between 6c and 7c in the village at tone stage, which when combined with the cloud and humidity, is snow eating weather.
The resort lifts remain closed this morning due to the wind issues. Unfortunately, there has been a real lack of useful info online from the resort today - nothing posted on Facebook and nothing on the normally useful lift pdf (not updated since (8th Dec) and no message on the online lift status page as to what is going on. The result is... wasted journeys to the ski area. (edit - some updates apparently updated on Instagram).
Wind is expected to be an issue today - as noted on this morning's forecast update.
Bonjour from Chatel - after an interesting day of wintry weather yesterday, which we reported to over on our WhatsApp group, site updates are back to normal on here today.
Before we get to the news on the overnight conditions...
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Back to this morning and the news is not great at the village elevation. A check was made at about 2am and it was snowing at that time with an additional 3cm of snow, bringing the total in the village to 15cm from 7am yesterday, in addition to the 6cm overnight into Friday. The spell of rain early yesterday due to a milder influence was not picked up by most of the models, so came as a bit of a surprise to some, however, the snow returned and it was a useful day of accumulations. There should have been some substantial snowfalls higher up, though ascertaining how much has fallen will be impossible due to the strong winds which were blowing.
The not so great bit is that since 2am the milder air has arrived and the temperatures have shot up to 4c at 1200m and there has been a substantial thaw already in the village, with a noticeable breeze. More on all of this on the forecast page towards 8am and of course on here during the day...
Details on today's weather will be posted the snow forecast page at http://www.chatelweb.com/chatel_snow_forecast.php - which should be online around 8am, followed by further updates on this page today.
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