10 Apr 2013

Yesterday morning there was light snow falling at around the 1100 meter level.

Moisture was being sucked out of the moist snowpack.

At mid mountain elevations the trees were the place to be.

At 2240 meters the temperature was -2.5, winds were 50-85 KPH from the SSE. At 1650 meters the temperature was +.5, 3 cm of new snow fell there last night. In the valley it was +3. Observations taken at 06:00 Hrs this Am. Freezing Level hovering around 1750 meters. Pig Alley recording 7.5 mil of precipitation.

For the forecast the cold front presently in our zone will abate giving way to unsettled conditions this afternoon with an onshore flow through Thursday. Another cold front approaches the area on Friday afternoon. A cool upper level trough is expected for the weekend. A strong post-Frontal onshore surge will bring strong winds this am as it passes through. Guesstimates 8-11 cm by this afternoon, Flurries Thursday, Light snow Friday 1-2

For the local updated avalanche advisory: Whistler Mountain Snow Safety

Update on Siachen Glacier Avalanche April 7, 2012: Let the dead remain buried

Two weeks on and snow clearing in North Wales: Daily Post

Mount Washington Avalanche Centre: New Hampshire

Search crews recover the body of third avalanche victim: Norway

Avalanche hits train from Vladivostok: Russia

Another prediction for the next few months:

Current modelling from the Climate Prediction Centre with the U.S. National Weather Service (NOAA) continues to forecast the persistence of the current neutral El NiƱo Southern Oscillation (ENSO) conditions into the summer of 2013. Typically neutral ENSO years do not favour wetter or drier conditions in British Columbia. Current 3-month seasonal forecasts (April through June) from Environment Canada are indicating a high likelihood of above normal temperatures across the southern two-thirds of the province, and a small likelihood of cooler than normal temperatures in the northern part of the province. Forecasts indicate a higher likelihood of drier than normal April-June conditions along the south-west coast and southern and central interior of the province. Forecasts do not indicate any strongly favoured seasonal precipitation conditions through the rest of the province.

Unusual ice formation by this sign!!??

It was very moist below the cloud layer in the valley.

Picture from Brad Heisterman; Collingwood, Ontario?