• The Chatel Snow Report

30/01/2020: Today's Updates... Day 50...

4.30pm:

Snow conditions were some of the best of the entire season early this morning and the hazy sunshine continued, however, it did start to warm up noticeably on the south facing slopes by early afternoon.


Cloud has increased in the last couple of hours and the weather is closing in, with rain expected... there is something really quite depressing about rain in a ski a resort, so it will be a case of grinning and bearing this new mild onslaught and waiting patiently until the potential cold snap next week. Fortunately, the weather is looking OK tomorrow - but not great at the weekend!


Photos from around midday...






10.40am:

Hazy sunshine continues...




9.35am:

It is still bright here in Chatel, however, the cloud has increased so any sunshine is getting hazier now, but snow conditions this morning should be excellent across much of the ski area, especially above 1500m.


There are some wetter periods coming up over the next few days, which really is a very unwelcome development, however, there should be some sort of cold spell returning next week.


This morning's charts from the forecast page are interesting, due to the fact that relatively minor differences between the models, would result in noticeable impacts on the ground. The charts below show high pressure ridging in a generally northwards direction in the Atlantic and allowing low pressure to come down its eastern flank, feeding in colder air and the chance of snowfalls to this area. As you can see, there are slight differences between the charts in how they deal with the high pressure and this will affect the orientation of the cold blast next week. Note that the colours on the charts are NOT temperatures.


At the moment, the charts from UKMO and ECMWF appear to have a slightly better evolution in comparison to the GFS model, which would mean more in the way of snowfall and perhaps a slightly longer cold spell. These differences in evolution between the GFS and ECMWF are the reason why you often see substantial differences between the automated websites and apps, depending on which model they use (most use GFS data as it free).


A close eye will be kept on how this one develops. Sometimes, the pattern can get shifted eastwards, which is perhaps what the GFS is starting to hint at on its recent output, however, this one is far from resolved.



6.35am:

Bonjour from Chatel. Temperatures are currently around -3C in the village and immediate valley area.

This morning's forecast is expected to be online today at approx 8.00am at: http://www.chatelweb.com/chatel_snow_forecast.php - and updates on this page will follow during the day.


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