7 Jan 2014

January 7, 2014

Monday morning first light prior to the arrival of a weak front.

Some cloud early on Monday morning.

Certainly got darker as the day progressed.

Still some pow around if you are willing to work for it.

Fun on Alta lake, home made ice sailer!

Great light yesterday morning.

Weather observations for January 7, 2014, taken at 06:00 hrs.

2240 meters     No Data
2180 meters   -3.0, winds were 20-25 KPH from the SSW
1860 meters   -2.5, winds were 5-15 KPH from the S
1835 meters      -2, winds were 10-15 KPH from the E
1650 meters      -1, no new snow, Base 107 cm
1550 meters      -1, no new snow, Base 74 cm
  660 meters      -4, Valley Temp

For the forecast, the weak front in the area is poorly organised and should bring flurries in the morning with very light snow during the day, 1-3 cm by Wednesday morning. A stronger system arrives Wednesday into Wednesday evening with light- moderate snow fall and a freezing level hovering around 1000 meters. Guesstimate 10-15 cm by Thursday Morning. Thursday appears to be fairly dry with unsettled conditions in the morning light snowfall starting in the afternoon into the evening.  Possible 3-5 cm by Friday morning.  A real snow storm, associated with a deep low pressure looks to arrive Friday afternoon into Friday evening with strong winds and heavy snowfall with a freezing level starting at 800 meters increasing to 1400 meters as the storm abates. Still many days away so more intel will be needed for any guesstimate.  Saturday is still looking like we will receive more snow and the trend continues into Sunday.  Models seem to be trending to the more positive side of the equation and we might see amounts get close to what was posted on January 5Th, lets keep the fingers double crossed!

There is still disagreement in the models, GFS is looking juicy for Friday with a good looking low.

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Overlord Glacier looks like Tiger Country. Dominic Balik Photo, January 5, 2013

Surface Hoar at Tree Line Cowboy Ridge. Nicole Koshure Photo

Nicole Koshure Photo

Large Holes on the upper west area of Blackcomb Glacier.

Skiing on the man made yesterday was very enjoyable!!

If you do not like the weather here, you could move to Fort Mack.

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