29 Mar 2013

Yesterday started out rather nice, but changed as the day progressed.

The clouds moved in and we even had some graupel and snow in the afternoon.

At 2240 meters the temperature was -1.5, winds were 10-20 KPH from the S. At 1650 meters the temperature was -2, no new snow fell there in the past 12 hours. In the valley it was 0. Observations taken at 06:00 Hrs this AM.

For the forecast we will see the clouds dissipate this morning, rebuild this afternoon with the possibility of light precipitation as the day progresses, giving us another unsettled day prior to the arrival of the ridge of high pressure into this evening. Sunny weather with warm temperatures for the weekend, some cloud developing by Tuesday with the risk of rain showers. Freezing level will go up to 3200 meters by Saturday and then slowly dropping to 1900 meters on Wednesday.

For the updated local avalanche advisory: Whistler Mountain Snow Safety

Vail changes policy after Avalanche Death: Pique Newsmagazine

Don't be fooled by nice weather; Backcountry still Dangerous: North Shore SAR

A short clip, avalanche footage: You Tube

Know the snow: Managing Risk : Ron Simenhois

Whitehorse Skiers describe surviving BC Avalanche : CBC News

There were some very large cumulus clouds forming.

Later in the afternoon it was snowing on one side of the cables and clear on the other side.

By the end of the day the ridge took over and the clouds dispersed.