6 Jan 2018

January 6, 2018


    An avalanche has killed 2 skiers in Austria. Story in article section.

    Locally there were some Sz 1 natural avalanches observed yesterday.


    Overcast in the morning with light rain.

    There were a few breaks yesterday morning.

    Light rain in the village eventually turned to Moderate rainfall later in the day.

    Freezing rain in the valley turned to rain eventually.

    Warm and moist  Friday.

Weather Observations for January 6, 2018  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2180 meters     -3, Winds were 20-40 KPH SE--Whistler Peak
1835 meters     -1, Winds were 10-20 KPH W --Roundhouse
1660 meters    +1, trace of new, trace in 24 hrs  Base 169 cm --Pig Alley
  660 meters      0, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +0.3, 10.1 mm of precip recorded yest

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have overast skies, variable visibility and it is snowing lightly.


A weak cold front in a Westerly flow aloft will bring overcast skies and light precipitation to the area today. The Freezing level will slowly descend to around 1000 meters by tonight. A series of fronts will push through our zone with a change expected on Wednesday. Weak warm front Sunday will see light precipitation and the FL slowly rising from 1000 meters to 1500 meters by Sunday night.  Upper level trough will bring more precipitation to the area Monday and Tuesday. Hopefully the FL will drop by Tuesday.
Guesstimates: 4-6 cm by Sunday morning, 12-16 cm by Monday morning, 10-20 cm by Tuesday morning.

    GOES IR image from this am, moisture to our North.

     Low will keep us under the cloud for a few days.

    Cold front pushing through today.

    Fronts along the coast.

    Warm front for Sunday.


    Snow in the valley became saturated with rain.

    Ice crust breaking down with rain in the afternoon.

    Icicles from freezing rain in the morning.

    Footsteps filling up with water.

    In the valley Friday we had a Max temp of +0.3 deg, Min of -3.7 deg--10.1 mm of rain recorded.

Recent Avalanche Canada MIN reports:

Trorey Glacier

Phelix Creek


Avalanche kills two German skiers in Austria: Kals

Six bodies recovered from Kupwara avalanche site: Northern India 

Thousands stranded amid avalanche risk: Northern Italy

Attention Backcountry Skiers: Scientists want your help

Free companion rescue practise sessions in Whistler: January 20, 2018

Avalanche involvement in Orca Bowl: Fernie

Avalanche forecaster warns of large slides possible in Elk Valley: Cranbrook, B.C.

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