16 Jan 2018

January 16, 2018


    Locally, no new avalanche activity observed.


    Cloud moved in quickly Monday morning.

    Stratus layer in the valley, outflow situation while the upper flow was from the South.

    Awesome light in the afternoon.

    Cool lenticular clouds.

    Blue skies to the Northwest.

    Another great day at the office!!

    Sunset was at 16:38 on Monday evening.

Weather Observations for January 16, 2018  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2180 meters     -3, Winds were 45-70 KPH E --Whistler Peak
1835 meters     -1, Winds were 10-25 KPH SE--Roundhouse
1660 meters     +1, 1 cm of new, 1 cm in 24 hrs  Base 183 cm --Pig Alley
  660 meters       0, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +2.6, 0.0 mm of precip recorded yest

    As of 07:30 Hrs we have obscured skies, limited visibility, and it is snowing lightly.


A weak front will pass through today with periods of light precipitation in a Southerly flow aloft this am, switching to Westerly later today. The freezing level should drop down to around 700 meters tonight as there are some breaks expected tonight. A strong deep low (960 mb) will bring a windy moist Southwest flow with heavy snow to the area on Wednesday into Thursday. Weaker frontal bands for Friday and Saturday with another strong front expected for Sunday.
Guesstimates: 12-16 cm by Wednesday morning, 30-40 cm by Thursday morning, 20-30 cm by Friday morning.

    GOES IR image from this am.

    Freezing level should drop to 1000 Meters.

    Weak front for this am.

    Unsettled later today.

    Coastal Fronts.

    Deep strong low for Wednesday.


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    There was a glaze out there on Monday.

    Thin and brittle. Hopefully the warm temperatures will create a good bond with the new snow.

    Thick stratus layer above the valley floor.

    Pinwheeling from Sunday.

 Monday afternoon.

    Big picture with a deep looking low out in the Pacific.

Recent Avalanche Canada MIN Report:

Pascal West Shoulder

Caspar Creek


Backcountry skiers warned to keep away from Rockies as a result of severe avalanche danger:
Avalanche Canada

10 things a Real Mountain Sledder would never do: Mountain Sledder

Make Safety part of your outdoor adventures: Kamploops

Winter 2018 Avalanche Safety Products: Salt Lake City

Avalanche Danger continues in the Sawtooth Range: Idaho

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