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28/11/2020: Snow Next Tuesday But Dry Thereafter?...

Update 3.05pm:

Some charts today suggest a more promising outlook for the end of next week, more on this after tomorrow morning's model runs. In the meantime, here's a couple of photos, taken this afternoon showing the contrast we have seen all week, with a frozen Dranse path and warm daytime conditions on the sunny aspect slopes.

Update 10.10am:

Following from the earlier post, the models appear to be coming to some agreement that there will be a snowfall next Tuesday, which could provide some useful amounts. Temperatures will also be generally lower next week, as the 0c isotherm falls to elevations which one would expect at this time of year. The result of the colder air, should be to allow the snowmaking operation to begin. Thereafter, although the levels of uncertainty remain high, it is starting to look as though the pattern over Europe may be just a bit too far west to bring significant snowfall to this area for the time being, so a decent snowfall at the end of next week is looking less likely. This could easily change, as the situation is finally poised, so we'll be keeping a very close eye on it.

Update 9.10am:

The latest models suggest a snowfall next Tuesday is still on the cards, however, the trend this morning from the models is for drier weather thereafter, with the potential end of week snowfall looking as though it will now favour the southern Alps... update to follow this morning...

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