17/12/2020: Today's Updates...
A look at the prospects for snowfall... after a fine day on Wednesday, today has dawned in a similar vein. High pressure is situated over the Alps and will remain relatively close by to the east and northeast for a couple of days, continuing the mostly dry and fairly mild theme, before a week front moves in from the west for Sunday. The front looks like bringing a spell of rain and snow, with the snow/rain limit coming down to close to the village for a time, however, at this stage, potential amounts of snow for the ski area look like being negligible. There'll be another look at Sunday during the updates scheduled for tomorrow and Saturday.
Thereafter, an area of low pressure is set to move across Britain and into the continent on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with high pressure riding northwards in the Atlantic out to the west of Britain. The result looks like being a rain to snow event for us here in Chatel, and the possibility of a significant snowfall for Christmas Day. As this is still a week away, there obviously remains loads of uncertainty, regarding timings etc, however, the models appear to be in agreement of some sort of colder incursion arriving as a Christmas present.
Below are this morning's operational models view of next week from meteociel.fr showing the trend for some rather more unsettled and chillier arriving for Christmas. Note the ridge of high pressure at the 192hr timeframe, out to the west of Britain, allowing an incursion from the north into the Alps.
Bonjour from a frosty Chatel where there is a temperature inversion this morning with village temperatures between 0c and -1c and valley temperatures of -3c.
Update to follow...
The provisional opening date of the ski area is the 7th January 2021.
Bars, restaurants and cafes are expected to remain closed until at least the 20th January.
Although confinement has ended in France - an overnight curfew is in place from 8pm to 6am (except the evening of 24th December).
Private gatherings indoors should be kept to a maximum of 6 adults according to advice from the French government.
Domestic and international travel is allowed eg for visits to second homes.
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