10 Jan 2014

January 10, 2014

Cold enough yesterday morning at 1200 meters to blow snow. Stars were visible at 06:00 Hrs.

Sunrise Thursday lasted about 2 minutes but some great colours.

Sc and Xe produced size 1 avalanches yesterday morning on Blackcomb. 10-15 cm soft slabs.

By 10:00 hrs the weak front arrived and it started snowing lightly.

4 cm fell by 16:00 Hrs Thursday January 9, 2014.

Weather observations for January 10, 2014, taken at 06:00 hrs.

2240 meters     -7, winds were 30-40 KPH from the WSW
2180 meters     -6, winds were 15-35 KPH from the WSW
1860 meters     -6, winds were 10-30 KPH from the S
1835 meters     -5, winds were 30-50 KPH from the WSW
1650 meters     -3, 6 cm of new snow, Base 120 cm, 8 cm in 24 hours
1550 meters     -2, 6 cm of new snow, Base 92 cm, 8 cm in 24 hours
  660 meters    +1, Valley Temp, 6.0 mm of precip yesterday

For the forecast we will see flurries this morning switching to light snow this afternoon as the deepening low pressure off the coast approaches , heavy precipitation will develop later today into Saturday morning, associated with high winds. A broad flat dirty ridge will slide in after the front bringing a series of weak frontal systems into early next week. Sunday will bring light snowfall through out the day. This pattern  will bring more stratus cloud and flurries for Monday. Guesstimates 28-32 cm by Saturday morning, 18-20 cm by Sunday morning, 4-6 cm by Monday morning. Freezing level fluctuating from 900-1200 meters through the storm.

The persistent pattern, with the ridge of high pressure in the North East Pacific, has finally had a shift with moisture making it our way.  Throwing it out there, but looking at the long term trends we may be on the way to a more seasonable pattern by the end of January. Only time will tell!!

Started snowing at 10:00 hrs yesterday morning, 4 cm by 14:30 Hours.

All the gear, but no idea: Pistehors.com

Breckenridge Ski Resort issues statement after in bounds avalanche: Colorado

Avalanche kills 2 soldier's in Kashmir: Recent snowfall has increased the hazard

Conditions Outlook: January 8, 2014: CAC Forecaster's Blog

Backcountry skiing in the Golden State: The Waiting Game

Thanks to Jeff Van Driel for this photo and observations below from Cerise Creek.

Possible glitch in Avy Lab, tests should be at 60 cm down from the top of the profile(175 cm from Ground).

Flat dirty ridge setting up for Sunday.

Looking good for Friday into Saturday!!

Skiing in the morning (Thursday) was pretty good in Ruby Bowl.

Still looking juicy for Friday-Saturday.

The intense low forecasted should move right over our zone Saturday according to the GFS.

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