6 Mar 2014

March 6, 2014

   8 Ft deep avalanche cancels FWT,  Xe down to September crust. March 2, 2014. Story below.

    Snowing 5 cm per hour yesterday morning, lasted about 2 hours. 9 cm recorded at 1650 meters.

    Fresh tracks under the Wizard Chair on Tuesday.

    The new snow was very reactive.

    Cleared off briefly at the end of the day to the North.

Weather observations for March 6, 2014, taken at 06:00 hrs.

2240 meters     -3.5, Winds were 30-45 KPH from the S
2180 meters     -2.0, Winds were 30-45 KPH from the S
1860 meters     -2.0, Winds were 25-40 KPH from the S
1835 meters     -2.0, Winds were 10-30 KPH from the SSE
1650 meters    +0.5, 15 cm of new snow, 24 cm in 24 hours, Base 232 cm
1550 meters     -1.0, 17 cm of new snow, 25 cm in 24 hours, Base 192 cm
  660 meters        -2, Valley Temp, 8.9 mm of precip yesterday

SouthWest flow with a series of warm fronts followed by cold fronts can be expected into the weekend, unfortunately there are successive increases in the freezing levels. For today an occluded front will push through our zone with a very weak ridge of high pressure building in its wake. Steady light precip will begin this morning with freezing level possibly reaching 1700 meters. The ridge will have little affect on the pattern and tomorrow will be cloudy with light snow starting later in the afternoon. Saturday looks to have the heaviest precip and will ease off for Sunday. Monday as of now looks cloudy with a high pressure building into Tuesday. Guesstimates 6-8 cm by Friday morning, 5-8 cm by Saturday morning, 20-25 cm by Sunday morning, 5-8 cm by Monday morning.

    Gfs model for today, looking fairly good for precip amounts.

    The break over Howe Sound moved into our area for about 1 hour yesterday morning.

    More moisture on the way, pineapple express already affecting Washington State. Yesterdays pic.

Avalanche control on the Coquihalla Highway: MOT

Large avalanche in Utah interferes with World Freeride Tour: Lower Baldy, Snowbird

Tips that could save your life: B.C. Snowmobile Federation

Safety Inspection called on Airbags: Mammut

Avalanche closes US 2 highway at Stevens Pass: Wet Snowpack, Washington State

Snowmobiler buried in an avalanche : La Plata Mountains, Colorado

Wolf Creek Ski patrol member killed in Tuesday's avalanche: Very sad news from Colorado

    Saturday is looking fairly wet.

    Warming up for the weekend with some strong winds.

    After the intense snow yesterday morning the sun came out and warmed up quickly.

    Snow surface became moist in about 15 minutes, after the sun appeared.

    Small Slabs formed very quickly.

    Cornices have become very large and are fragile.

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