31 Dec 2013

December 31, 2013

Unsettled in the upper elevations, with valley stratus cloud once again, early Monday morning!!

Some blue sky yesterday afternoon.

Stratus cloud once again, it seems that we have been inundated by stratus cloud recently.

In the afternoon the weather began to change.

Strong Southerly surface winds were variable and transporting the snow, 50-70 KPH from the South West.

Looks like we will be getting some snow on Thursday, still some disagreement in models for amounts?

Weather observations for the last day of the year, December 31, 2013; taken at 06:00 Hrs.

2180 meters    -5, winds were 20-30 KPH from the W
1860 meters    -5, winds were 10-20 KPH from the S
1835 meters    -4, winds were 20-30 KPH from the WSW
1650 meters -1.5, trace of new snow, Base 89 cm
1550 meters -1.5, trace of new snow, Base 63 cm
  660 meters     +3, Valley Temp

For the forecast, a weak cold front is moving through our area. An upper ridge will build back into the area. Expect more stratus cloud to be around today. The ridge will weaken on Wednesday afternoon being replaced by a strong frontal system emanating from the Gulf of Alaska,  bringing light to moderate snowfall for Thursday. A cold front in the flow will bring strong winds to the alpine as it passes the zone late Thursday afternoon. The ridge rebuilds for Friday with sunny skies in the morning and unsettled conditions into the weekend. Guesstimates Possible flurries today, 3-5 cm by Thursday morning, 8-12 cm by Friday morning. Freezing levels will hover around 1200 meters until Friday morning when it lowers below valley bottom into the weekend.

Next week starts off warm and dry, looking at this model.

Major search launched after avalanches: France

Henery's Avalanche Talk: Europe

Ski Accidents: Police warn of conditions: Switzerland

From the CAIC, Avalanche Involvement on December 27Th: Very Lucky

WB surviving on artificial snow: CBC News

High Avalanche Risk warning issued in Italy: Charges being laid

Eric Guay sets Canadian Record: 21 St World Cup Podium

French Alps Face High Avalanche Risk after recent snowfall: Touchy Snowpack

Two people rescued after being injured in backcountry avalanche near Golden: People are not getting it!

Report from the Spearhead Range: ACMG Blog

Talked to an individual who skied out on the Singing Pass trail, wished she had skinned out back into the ski area. Very little snow with ice covering sections of the trail making it heinous.

Lots of cloud but then high pressure off the coast is still being stubborn.

More snow clouds evading our area. It was snowing lightly at 15:30 hrs yesterday.

Some nice light around14:30 Hrs.

Days end the upper level clouds were moving in from the North East.

Still breaks looking to the South prior to an obscured sky and snowing lightly.

Totally socked in by 15:30 Hours, snowing less than 1 cm per hour.

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