2 Jan 2014

January 2, 2014

Stratus Nimbus clouds were well formed by first light.

A brief display from the sun prior to becoming a very grey day.

Whistler Peak with a quick shot of sun.

Early morning light to the South of Whistler.

 The cloud layer eventually descended and it began to precipitate in the early afternoon.

Avalanche observations for January 2, 2014, taken at 06:00 Hrs.
2240 meters  -3.5, winds were 35-45 KPH from the S
2180 meters  -2.5, winds were 40-65 KPH from the S
1860 meters  -2.0, winds were 25-45 KPH from the S
1835 meters    No Data
1650 meters   +1, 3 cm of new snow, Base 92 cm
1550 meters   +1, 1 cm of new snow, Base 64 cm
  660 meters     0, Valley Temp

The strong moist warm front is moving through the area today with light snowfall accumulations during the day becoming moderate this evening. System should blow through by early Friday morning giving way to an upper level ridge which will persist through Monday. Low level offshore flow will bring unsettled conditions for Monday, a few weak frontal systems will arrive Tuesday into Thursday. Freezing levels will drop for Friday into early Saturday then rise again to 3200 meters by Sunday afternoon. Not much time to get the snow guns going!! Guesstimates 14-16 cm by tomorrow morning.

France issues avalanche warning: Pistehors.com

How to survive an Avalanche:Scientific American

Update on Avalanche near Golden: December 30, 2013

12 Important Factors to consider when skiing: Ski Safety Alert

Preliminary report on Avalanche Fatality in Willow Creek, Colorado: CAIC

Developing Accident Pattern: CAC

4Th avalanche fatality in the US this season: Montana

Medium Range Forecast for BC: David Jones

Hugging the coast, hope it does not just go South.

Some awesome clouds around.

Stratus layer just a bit lower than the highest peaks of the  Tantalus Range.

Still lots of holes at the top of Blackcomb Glacier.

Days end, snowing less than 1 cm per hour.

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