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22/12/2020: Today's Updates...

Updated: Dec 23, 2020


Update 8.20am:

A couple of charts this morning, with the first one from the Arpege model from www.meteociel.fr , showing its forecast for snow accumulations by Christmas Day afternoon. Note that its broad brush approach to local topography does mean that it should be taken with a pinch of salt.



This mornings extended outlook models all show a similar pattern of a ridge of high pressure in the Atlantic and low pressure dominating NW Europe. The behaviour of the low will be crucial for us in terms of the potential for significant snowfall and the subtle differences between the modelling of the low can be seen by the 144hr timeframe. The GFS and ECMWF charts appear to have the low behaving in a way which will favour southern Alps significant snowfall, with the pattern just a touch too far to the west for us in the NW French Alps, so it is far too soon to know if we are going to get a snowy battering or not. The UK Met Office 144hr chart does appear to have a better shape for us, so the next couple of days charts will be very interesting indeed...




Update 7.15am:

Bonjour from Chatel. Air temperatures are above freezing this morning in the village and valley, though surface temperatures are again colder with some ice on some surfaces after the rain of yesterday evening. This milder period is set to last until Christmas Eve, when a snow to rain event is likely, followed by a snowy and cold Christmas Day.


Thereafter, the charts are looking cold for western Europe and potentially for the NW Alps at times too and are tantalising close to bringing significant snowfall to this area before New Year... update to follow.


Updates today will be on the WhatsApp group...




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 (takeaway services allowed before then).

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.


Travel between regions in France is allowed.



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