6 Dec 2014

December 6, 2014

    Early Friday morning, nice to see the snow down to the valley!!

    Warm air did move into the mid mountain elevation but cold air remained above and below.

    Moist snow above 1000 meters and below 1700 meters.

    Great man made snow on lower Olympic run on Whistler.

    Drier conditions by days end. December 5, 2014.

Weather observations for December 6, 2014, taken at 06:00 Hours this am.

2240 meters      -3, Winds were 40-55 KPH from the SSE
2180 meters      -2, Winds were 30-45 KPH from the SSE
1860 meters      -1, Winds were 15-25 KPH from the E
1835 meters       0, Winds were calm
1650 meters     +1, 1 cm of new snow, Base 52 cm
1550 meters     +1, Relative Humidity 100%, 7 cm of new snow,  Base 37 cm
  660 meters      -1, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yest -2.4, 2.4 mm or precip recorded

    As of 06:45 it was snowing at 1860 meters with obscured skies and limited visibility. 

A size 1 natural avalanche originating on steep terrain was observed yesterday morning, be sure to check out the Local Avalanche Advisory in the tabs at the top of the page. The freezing level rose to 2100 meters early yesterday evening and has dropped to 1800 meters early this morning. Approximately 10 cm of new snow above 1800 meters.

For the Forecast, light snowfall-to flurries this morning as an upper trough moves through, before an upper level ridge brings drier conditions this afternoon into Sunday. A weak front is expected to arrive Sunday evening into Monday. A couple of vigorous fronts in a Southwest flow will arrive Monday evening  for Tuesday and another on Wednesday. Freezing levels are looking better with a spike above 2000 meters on Sunday evening. For the most part they should be hovering between 1400 and 1800 in the next few days. Guesstimates as of today, they will change by tomorrow: 5-10 cm on Tuesday morning, 20-30 cm by Wednesday morning. 30-40 cm by Thursday morning.

    Satellite image for this am.

    Looking pretty dry later today.

    Front expected on Monday Night.

    Windy and wet just prior to a cold front arriving on Wednesday Night.


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    Was impressive to come out of the moist air mass into a carpet of dry man made.

    One of the new high tech snow guns.

    Did several top to bottoms on both mountains yesterday. Felt good to get the legs working.

    Snow to the valley in the morning was excellent until the warm air moved in mid mountain..

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