16 Apr 2014

April 16, 2014

    Looking Northeast yesterday morning prior to the arrival of the front.

    There was some cool light in the morning.

                             Hard to get an edge in on certain aspects and elevation on Tuesday.

   There were some nasty looking clouds just prior to noon, April 15, 2014.

    Eventually the front did move into the zone with some flurries.

    Power flurry around noon yesterday.

Weather observations for April 16, 2014; taken at 06:00 Hrs.

2240 meters      -6, Winds were 20-30 KPH from the SSW
2180 meters      -5, Winds were 25-35 KPH from the S
1860 meters      -4, Winds were 10-20 KPH from the SSE
1835 meters      -4, Winds were 10-25 KPH from the S
1650 meters      -1, 6 cm of new snow, Base 241 cm
1550 meters      -1, 4 cm of new snow, Base 194 cm
  660 meters     +2, Valley temperature, max temp test +10.6

For the forecast, a warm front associated with a moderate Northwest flow aloft will stall over our area today bringing light snow into our zone during the day with cloudy skies, continuing into Thursday. The warm front will rise freezing levels to around 1700 meters this evening, then slowly drop to 1200 meters Thursday night as a cold front offshore moves through. As of now Friday looks to be unsettled with the possibility of some snow flurries. Another frontal band moves through on Saturday with light snowfall, increasing to heavy later in the day with freezing levels averaging around 1200 meters.  Guesstimates: 5-8 cm by Thursday morning, 10-12 cm by Friday morning, 10-15 cm by Sunday morning.

                          As of 07:00 hrs in the alpine we have overcast skies with variable visibility.
                                                      Snowing less than 1 cm per hour.

    Image from yesterday at 11:00 hrs , light snow flurries at 1860 meters.

    Certainly moisture heading our way!! Big picture from 11:00 hours yesterday morning.

    Models are in disagreement for early next week, looks like the low in the NE Pacific is wet.

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    Great visibility in the morning.

    Not so great at times in the afternoon.

                                     Certainly some thick cloud around in the afternoon.

    Multiple layers sitting on a cornice.

    Some colourful guests.

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