22 Dec 2012

Early morning December 21, 2012, shortest day of the year,  starts out with an eerie sky.

At 2260 meters the temperature this morning was -9, winds were 25-40 KPH from the East. At 1550 meters the temperature was -8, 2 cm of new snow was recorded there.  At the pig alley weather plot 5 cm was recorded overnight. In the valley it was -4.

The quasi stationery low off the coast will continue to give us unsettled weather until Monday.
For today we can expect a mixed bag, mostly cloudy with some flurries. The low should give way to some ridging on Monday. So for today 4-8 cm during the day, 5-8 cm early Sunday morning, 5-7 cm during the day Sunday with 2-4 cm Sunday night. Looks dry for Monday with some sunny breaks.

Yesterday on Blackcomb avalanche control produced size 1-2 size avalanches with fracture lines up to 1 meter in the new snow.

For the latest local avalanche advisory: Advisory

Highway 1 reopens after Avalanche-Risk: Boston Bar-Lytton

Aspen Backcountry conditions very touchy for slides: Colorado

Val d'Isere Avalanche: Fatality Reported

It did snow yesterday, adding to the already amazing conditions.