24/11/2018: Today's Updates ... 6.10pm...
The weather has been fine here in Chatel today, with some patchy high cloud but also plenty of sunshine. The sunny facing slopes have mostly lost their snow cover, however the north facing slopes and shaded areas have maintained much of the fresh snowfall from last night.
The models this evening are continuing the theme of showing some colder air arriving tomorrow night and into Monday, with some snowfall possible Monday / Tuesday, followed by a milder pulse of air arriving on Wednesday and Thursday, when there is the chance of a period of very mild air arriving for a time with the 0C isotherm potentially shooting up to 3000m. Thereafter, a cooler phase is possible at the back end of next week and into the first part of next weekend, followed again by a milder phase. The details may chop and change but this looks likely to be the chain of events for next week. What we don't yet know is how much snow we might see on Monday / Tuesday and how cold it will be (ie for snow making). There is also a question mark regarding the snow/rain limit for what might be some significant precipitation that might arrive at the back end of next week.
More on all of this early tomorrow morning over on the forecast page.
A jog up to Mouet this morning found some wonderful scenery and some snow too! The first traces of any overnight snowfall were at the top of the village, with a sprinkling on the ground between 1300m and 1400m. Things began to get a bit more interesting above 1500m, where there was a solid cover of fresh snow, especially above 1600m. Up at Mouet, which is a touch under 1800m in altitude, there was a maximum average depth of fresh snow of 11cm. The views from Mouet can be seen below.
It has been a useful little snowfall for the upper half of the mountain, but will it make much of a difference going forward? Well, that remains to be seen but it looks as though we will need some snow early next week to bring a chance of something being open for next weekend. The promising Arpege model scenario that we discussed on the forecast page this morning, does look rather unlikely, so at the moment, only light snow is expected during the first half of next week, followed by a potential mild pulse of air. The latest GFS (06Z) brings in some very mild air with a projected 0c isotherm of 3000m overnight on Wednesday into Thursday and some rain on Thursday night too, perhaps turning to snow for parts of the ski area into Friday. This is one of various potential evolutions and we'll take a closer look at all this on an evening update, with some comparisons between the models.
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Report and photos from a trip up to just below 1800m will be posted before midday...
Here's some early morning photos showing the overnight snowfall above the village. Updates to follow during the day...
The skies are clearing here in Chatel after a night of rain and snow. The snow/rain limit did not reach the village overnight, so we will post again once we have some daylight...
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