19/01/2021: Today's Updates...
A couple of photos from this morning...
The avalanche risk is 3 out of 5 today, which is a considerable or high risk.
After a cold start to the day, temperatures are set to become a little milder today and although shaded slopes and shaded valley areas will remain in the freezer, the 0c isotherm is set to rise to 2100m this afternoon and, after the overnight re-freeze, to between 2300m and 2500m tomorrow and on Thursday. A change is expected on Thursday night with snowfall arriving overnight into Friday. There is some uncertainty regarding the snow/rain limits on Friday, as they may be marginal for a time at the village elevation - but more on this nearer to the event. What the charts do show, is the potential for another series of significant snowfall between Friday and Monday, with another 50cm to 1m possible at mid-station elevations.
There is the chance of some milder air arriving this time next week, but as that is some time off, it is by no means a certainty - however, some charts do suggest there could be alot of rain next week - let's hope not!!!...
There is also some speculation on the media overnight that the lifts will not open in February, however, we await the official announcement from the government over the coming days.
Chart below is from Arpege from www.meteociel.fr which shows its view on snowfall by early Saturday...
Bonjour from Chatel.
It has been a cold night in the valley with temperatures dipping below -10c.
Update to follow with a look at the freezing levels which are expected over the coming days and the snowfall at the end of the week...
Link to the page which tracks the snowfalls in Chatel over the season:
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 6pm 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.