17 Jan 2019

January 17, 2019


    Sunrise on Wednesday morning.

    Pre frontal cloud activity.

    Lots of moisture in the air at valley level with snow guns pumping it out!!

    Mid morning.

    Looking North in the aftertnoon.

    Clouds moved in during the early pm.

    Cloudy with some lenticulars later in the day.

    Ipsoot Mountain at last light.

Weather Observations for January 17, 2019  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -5, Winds were 20-40 KPH S--Horstman Hut
2180 meters     -5, Winds were 40-50 KPH SE--Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -3, Winds were 10-15 KPH SE--Rendevous
1835 meters     -2, Winds were 10-20 KPH S--Round House
1650 meters     -4, trace of new, trace in 24 hrs, Base 241 cm--Pig Alley
1565 meters     -3, 0 cm of new, 0 cm in 24 hrs, Base 176 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters     -3, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was -1.5, 0.0 mm of precip recorded yest

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have overcast skies, variable visibility and snowing lightly.


A weak upper level trough will push onshore today with light precipitation in a Southerly flow aloft, switching to Southwesterly by this morning. The FL will begin to rise and hover in the 1200 meter range by tonight. Will likely see an impulse of moderate snow in the alpine tonight. Another weak trough for Friday morning with some light precipitation becoming moderate/heavy by Friday night with strong winds. This stronger front will roll into Saturday easing by Saturday night with a weak ridge building into Sunday morning with unsettled weather into Monday. Guesstimates: 8-16 cm by Friday morning, 15-20 cm by Saturday morning, 15-20 cm by Sunday morning. Still a chance most of the moisture will go South for Saturday, more on that as we get closer.

    GOES IR image from this am.

    Weak trough with the low in a Southerly flow.

    Fronts along the coast.

    More intense trough by Friday afternoon. FL will likely hover in the 1200 meter range.

     Low continues to send precip our way Saturday.

    Weak upper through with some ridging for Sunday.


    East facing on Rainbow Mountain.

    Recent wet loose in the Upper Fitzsimmons Valley.


    Yes, cornices are ripe and fragile..

    Fast snow.

    There was even some inbounds powder Wednesday.

    Tantalus Range.

    Stephan's Chute.

    Snow making in the valley has created a swath of white down the valley with the outflow winds.

    Lower Blackcomb.

    Creekside Area.

From Avalanche Canada MIN Reports:

Mount Cheif Pascall: Jan 16, 2019

From South Coast Touring:
Mitch Sulkers
Conditions remain very good in the Spearhead, though the current surface layers, especially on non-solar aspects, will not make a good bonding surface for our next storm cycle...


Body of German Skier recovered from avalanche: Lech

Norway police recover 2 more avalanche victims: Tamok Valley

Squaw valley residents encouraged to use caution in avalanche prone areas: High

Controlled blasts trigger avalanches: Switzerland

The first death of Colorado's avalanche season came after a series of mistakes: CAIC

Keeping slopes safe is risky work: SwissInfo

Austria turns to Avalanche Control to prevent catastrphic snow slides: EFE

Guides dig out avalanched heli-skier: Idaho

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