3 Jan 2019

January 3, 2019


    Snowing in the valley Wednesday morning.

    Mid in the am.

    Looking like winter.

    Dumping on the Whistler Side.

    Snowed more in the valley.

    How many lights in this Picture??

    Wednesday afternoon, snowing in Whistler.

Weather Observations for January 3, 2019  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -3, Winds were 90-115 KPH S--Horstman Hut
2180 meters     -2, Winds were   70-85 KPH S--Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -1, Winds were   20-50 KPH SE--Rendevous
1835 meters      0, Winds were   20-40 KPH SE--Round House
1650 meters      0, 41 cm of new, 46 cm in 24 hrs, Base 238 cm--Pig Alley
1565 meters     -3, 47 cm of new, 53 cm in 24 hrs, Base 177 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters     -1, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +0.7, 11.1 mm of precip recorded yest

WET WARM & Windy for today.

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

    Alpine Meadows Thursday morning 07:30 Hours.


A stalled warm front will bring light/heavy snowfall today in a Southwesterly flow aloft. The freezing level is forecasted to spike at around noon to about 1800 meters, possibly higher. Warm air band at 1800-1500 meters this am. A cold front is forecasted for later in the day which will slowly lower the FL to 800 meters by Friday night. Cold front will bring moderate/heavy precipitation for Friday, easing into an upper trough for Saturday with light precipitation for most of the day, with an impulse of moderate precipitation Saturday night. Models are divided for Sunday into Monday, but a weak ridge, or a weak upper level trough will form. Time will tell. Guesstimates: 45-60 cm by Friday morning in the alpine, 10-15 cm by Saturday morning, 5-10 cm by Sunday morning.

    GOES IR image from this am.

    Warm front transitioning to cold front later today. 

    Fronts along the coast.

   Slightly cooler Friday with light/moderate precipitation.

      Upper trough for Saturday.

    Cooler and drier for Sunday.


    An avalanche near Kukisvumchorr Ski area has killed a female snowboarder. Article below. net pic

    An avalanche has killed a soldier in Northern India. Article below.                                 Net Pic

    Locally it was difficult to see in the alpine yesterday, some small Sz 1 Na Sc soft slabs reported.


    From Moderate to Extreme in a heart beat. Well 12 hours!!

    Must be a lot of heat coming through the roof!

    Wednesday- from 06:00-14:00 Hrs 5 cm at 1650 meters, 6 cm at 1565 meters.

    More snow please.

    Dumping Wednesday evening.

    Big Picture Wednesday PM.

    Certainly not a Pineapple but still tropical.!!! Westerly flow aloft!!

From Avalanche Canada MIN Reports:

Oboe: Jan 1, 2019

From South Coast Touring:
Dean Perez
We spent 3 days in the Similkameen headwater from Dec. 30th to Jan. 1st.
First day was unstable snow pack, a lot of whumphing and shooting cracks. Heavy wind loaded, mostly on the N and W facing aspect at 2000m. One of us triggered a 10m wind slab avalanche. Several natural slides including a size 2 in N facing slopes.
Jan. 1st. No slides/avalanche observed. Breakable crust past telecom tower down to the gully.


An avalanche has killed a snowboarder near Kukisvumchorr Ski Area: Russia

Snow avalanche hits army post killing one soldier: Kashmir

4 Skiers missing after avalanche in Northern Norway: Tamok Valley

Avalanche Warning: NAC

Avalanche warning issued in: Kashmir & Ledakh

Special Weather & Highway alert: Howe Sound

Icefields Parkway to close over avalanche concerns: Banff>Jasper

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