18 Jan 2018

January 18, 2018


    AVALANCHE ACTIVITY:

    An avalanche in Kashmir has killed a skier. Story in article section.                        Net Pic

    Locally, Sz 1-1.5 soft slabs with ski cuts and explosives.


    YESTERDAY:

    Snowing in the morning. Then a dry period between frontal bands.

    Nice snow in the morning.

    Dried out for a while but strong winds deep snow!

    Cold front landed in the area in the afternoon.

    Moist and warm in the valley.

    Wednesday afternoon.

    Wednesday afternoon.

    Wednesday afternoon, that's a big low!!


Weather Observations for January 18, 2018  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2180 meters     -7, Winds were 55-110 KPH S      --Whistler Peak
1835 meters     -5, Winds were 20-45   KPH ENE--Roundhouse
1660 meters     -3, 23 cm of new, 30 cm in 24 hrs  Base 225 cm --Pig Alley
  660 meters    +2, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +4.5, 14.8 mm of precip recorded yest

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have obscured skies, limited visibility and it is snowing +3 cm per hour.



FORECAST:

An upper level trough will bring periods of snow to the area today in a Southwest flow aloft. The freezing level will fluctuate slightly in the 1000-800 meter range. A quasi stationary low off the coast will send waves of precipitation and moderate/strong winds into our area today, weakening on Friday. The low will slide east Saturday with unsettled weather but likely overcast and fairly dry. Another Pacific Front will arrive Saturday night into Sunday with strong winds and moderate to heavy precipitation.
Guesstimates: 20-30 cm by Friday morning, 5-10 cm by Saturday morning, 10-15 cm by Sunday morning.

    Most of the precipitation has slid East.           

    Low hanging on the coast today.

    Looking like another snowy day.


    Large low on the Coast.

    Not so much snow Friday.


    INFORMATION & OBSERVATIONS:

   Come out and support Squamish SAR.  Click here: Thursday January 18, 2018  For Tickets

    Awesome conditions.

    Cornices are growing rapidly.

    Be aware of where the closures are!!

    Avalanche awareness tours on Blackcomb, everyday at 12:30-Avalanche Hut top of Solar Coaster!!

    Strong winds and moderate snowfall in the afternoon.

    Catskinner weather plot (1550 meters) received 7 cm from 06:30-14:30 Hrs Wednesday.



ARTICLES:

Avalanche kills Swedish Skier in Kashmir: Gulmarg

Advise from Hill Climb Champ after getting caught in an avalanche: Wyoming

Warning to Scottish Hill Walkers as risk of avalanches increases: Considerable

Why the Swiss are experts at predicting avalanches: Swissinfo.ch

CARDA annual course in Revelstoke last week: Revelstoke News

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