19 Dec 2017

December 19, 2017


    Locally avalanche control work has produced up to Sz 2.

    Skier Accidental Sz 1 in isolated terrain. Small but if it knocks you down high consequence.


    Awesome light Monday morning, unsettled for most of the am.

    Low level cloud in the valley.

    Some of the cloud lifted early afternoon.

    Front slowly worked its way into the valley.

Weather Observations for December 19, 2017 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2180 meters      -9, Winds were 20-40 KPH NNW--Whistler Peak
1835 meters      -8, Winds were 10-25 KPH NNE--Roundhouse
1660 meters      -6, 4 cm of new, 4 cm in 24 hrs  Base 151 cm --Pig Alley
  660 meters       0, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +2.2, 0.8 mm of precip recorded yest

    As of 07:00 hrs this am we have obscured skies, limited visibility and it is snowing moderately.


A strengthening low will eventually pass over the area in a Southwest flow aloft. As the low passes through we should see the winds pick up.  A strong trailing cold front will bring colder temperatures this afternoon. The front will pass through by tonight with a few flurries in its wake. Looks like most of the snow in this system will be South bound. By Wednesday the flow aloft will become Northwesterly with cool temperatures and clear skies.  A weak frontal system will push through Thursday morning with some cloud but its very dry. High rebuilds Friday into Christmas.
Guesstimates: 10-20 cm by Wednesday morning, trace-1cm by Friday morning.

    GOES IR image this am.

    Cold front coming down the coast.

     Centre of the low is expected to push through this am. 


    There was some wind early Monday morning.

    Variable conditions but protected gullies had some nice snow in them.

    Good looking ice, if this were Europe people would be climbing it.

    Always know where you are and what is below you.

    Tusk looking a bit rimed.

    Monday afternoon.

Matt Gunn
December 18 at 8:39pm
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Warning issued for tracks found in area Bombed for Avalanches: Rogers Pass

Two more soldiers recovered from avalanches: Northern India

Snowy start to 2017/18 Scottish Avalanche Season: BBC News

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