29 Feb 2016

February 29, 2016

    Raining in the Town Plaza Sunday morning, February 28, 2016, eventually did snow here!

    Wet snow at Base 2 yesterday morning.

    Snow and blowing at 1860 meters yesterday at noon. 17 cm recorded at 1550 meters by 14:00.

    Sun tried to come in the afternoon, visibility improved for a brief time.

    Sa up to Sz 1 yesterday afternoon below 1600 meters in the trees.

    Soft slab development by 12:00 Hours yesterday.

    Snow balling below 1300 meters yesterday afternoon.

Weather Observations for February 29, 2016: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -8, Winds were 15-20 KPH SSE  --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters     -8, Winds were 15-25 KPH S       --Whistler Peak 
1860 meters     -6, Winds were 10-15 KPH SE     --Rendevous
1835 meters     -5, Winds were 10-20 KPH SE     --Roundhouse 
1650 meters     -5, 13 cm of new snow, 30 cm in 24 hrs, 267 cm Base, RH 97%    --Pig Alley
1550 meters     -5, 8 cm of new snow, 25 cm in 24 hrs,   207 cm Base, RH 98%        --Catskinner
  660 meters    +1, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +3.5. 10.5 mm of Precip recorded

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have broken cloud and unlimited visibility.

For the forecast, expecting unsettled conditions this morning as a weak shortwave trough slowly moves through being replaced by a short lived weak upper level ridge in a Northwesterly flow aloft.
The FL today will hover in the 1000 meter range dropping to around 800 meters this evening. Overcast conditions this evening as the next frontal band moves onshore. The front intensifies tomorrow morning with heavy precipitation and a FL topping out at around 1500 meters. A lull in the action for Wednesday before the next frontal band arrives Wednesday evening with the FL dropping to around 1000 meters with moderate precipitation. The parade of frontal bands continues into the weekend. Guesstimates: 4-6 cm by Tuesday morning, 25-35 cm by Wednesday morning, 10-15 cm by Thursday morning.

    Mix of sun and cloud later this morning.

     Unsettled for most of the day.

    Intense front for Tuesday, on the warmish side.

Looks good for Tuesday, unfortunatley it is a warm front..


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    Snowing 2 cm per hour when this image was recorded at 09:45 Sunday morning.

    Big picture just before noon on Sunday.

    Tuesdays storm brewing in the Pacific.

     Accident scene near Nelchina Glacier, big fracture line.                                  Chad Winberg Photo

    Still some crunch under the fresh snow below 1500 meters yesterday.

    Tree skiing mid mountain will be good Tuesday and Wednesday.

    There was enough sun yesterday afternoon to briefly cast shadows.

    A wee ripper.

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