23/12/2020: Today's Updates...
There was a foehn wind effect for a time this afternoon in the area, with the valley seeing temperatures climb above 13c under cloud cover, with a noticeable fall in humidity.
Rain and snow is expected overnight... next update early tomorrow...
As mentioned earlier, the weather is mild this morning, however, ground temperatures are freezing in the valley, despite air temperatures remaining above 0c. The snow cover on most of the key slopes in the Linga and PLJ sectors has shrugged off the mild spell, though the snow cover on the sunnier side of the valley and in the village has been decimated.
Although the UK / France border has reopened for essential travel, it remains closed for tourism and visits to second homes in France.
The view this morning...
Fortunately, the winter weather is set to make a return.
The area of low pressure which is bringing the bad weather to parts of the UK today is expected to dive down into Europe with its associated fronts bringing rain then snow tonight and the chance of some very useful quantities on Christmas Eve night and into Christmas Day. In terms of the village elevations, it looks as though it will be Christmas Eve afternoon / evening before settling snow arrives, however, a few cm's are possible for the upper half of the ski area in the early hours of tomorrow.
Thereafter, temperatures look like being mostly really rather subdued for quite some time, with plenty of opportunities for snow making across the ski area. In terms of further natural snowfall, all eyes are on the potential development of a deep area of low pressure, which may be centred to the north of Scotland at midday on the 27th. There is likely to be some some snowfall from this low, but whether any snowfall will be significant or not remains on a knife edge, due to differences in the modelling of the behaviour of the low. At the moment, Monday 28th looks favoured for another snowfall, with perhaps a useful dollop of powder.
Below is the forecast snow accumulation evolution from the Arome model, courtesy of www.meteociel.fr (up to 1am on Christmas morning,) and at the bottom, is the Arpege model's forecast for the whole snow event...
Bonjour from Chatel. It is another really rather mild start to the day here, with overnight air temperatures failing to go below 0c in the village or valley area. However, a change is on the way and winter is expected to return tomorrow.
Update to follow this morning with a look at the snow accumulation forecasts...
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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