• The Chatel Snow Report

27/11/2020: Snow Next Week???

Update: 10.40am:

A closer looks at the latest ECMWF charts suggests the chance of a useful snowfall on Tuesday - which is now something to watch, though it should be noted that the GFS model disagrees. The good news is that we now have 2 potential snowfalls to keep an eye on, one as soon as Tuesday and another towards the back end of next week.

Here's a couple of photos from the Super Chatel snow farm this morning, which is the converted shipping container, which houses freezer equipment which allows a steady output of of ice pellets, even when air temperatures are well above freezing.

Update: 8.50am:

Bonjour from Chatel. There is some better news this morning in terms of the possibility of snowfall in the outlook, however, yesterday saw confirmation from the French government that ski lifts will remain closed until January. Visitors will be allowed to Chatel in December, however, bars and restaurants will remain closed apart from takeaway services. There remains plenty of uncertainty regarding whether access to the mountain will be curtailed (eg for ski touring) - once the snow arrives. Back in March, it was the local Haute Savoie authorities which banned activities such as ski touring, to ease pressure on rescue services and hospitals.

The current situation would mean that the Swiss resorts of the Portes du Soleil will be allowed to open, so although Chatel would be closed, ski areas in Morgins, Champery and Torgon would be open!!!


This morning's GFS model run is effectively dry out to 10 days, however, the ECMWF charts since yesterday evening have been showing much more promise in terms of the potential for snowfall in about a week's time. The latest update brings the chance of a light snowfall during the week and then they suggest an area of low pressure will dive down from the northwest into the UK and NW France, bringing the possibility of significant snowfall to Chatel. Due to the differences in the models, this scenario is far from being nailed on, and the track of any potential low may well end up being different to the ECMWF charts below and bring a less favourable outcome - however, for the first time in weeks, there are at last some positive signs of winter arriving. Charts below from www.meteocil.fr

Daily updates will continue, as well as on our Whats App group, keeping a close eye on the local Covid regulations and the prospects for snowfall.

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