5 Jan 2019

January 5, 2019


     Overcast early Friday morning.

    Snow line was below 1000 meters.

    Nice powder snow above 1500 meters.

    In the past 7 days we have had 124 cm of new snow.

    A few breaks in the afternoon.

    Fresh snow during the day helped improve the conditions.

    Snowing to 900 meters by the end of the day.

    Wet in the valley.

Weather Observations for January 5, 2019  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -7, Winds were 30-40 KPH SE--Horstman Hut
2180 meters     -5, Winds were 50-75 KPH SE--Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -5, Winds were   5-15 KPH SE--Rendevous
1835 meters     -4, Winds were 20-30 KPH SE--Round House
1650 meters     -3, 2 cm of new, 8 cm in 24 hrs, Base 270 cm--Pig Alley
1565 meters     -3, 2 cm of new, 9 cm in 24 hrs, Base 199 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters      0, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +3.1, 29.8 mm of precip recorded yest


A weak ridge will bring unsettled weather today in a Southerly flow aloft. Mixed bag today with a low to the South sending moisture our way later in the day. We can expect periods of light precipitation with the FL topping out at around 1200 meters, dropping to 900 meters tonight. A brief impulse tonight with steady snow into Sunday morning. Mostly cloudy Sunday with some flurries through out the day. Ridge strengthens for Monday with unsettled weather. Next front will arrive Tuesday with a more vigorous front for Wednesday as a deep surface low pushes in.
Guesstimates: 2-8 cm by Sunday morning, 2-6 cm for Monday morning. trace-2 cm for Tuesday morning, 15-20 cm by Wednesday morning.

    GOES IR image this am. Sometimes the moisture just misses us. Bad Guesstimating yest.

    Unsettled this am, low to the South will push North.

    Fronts along the coast.

     Low pushes through to the North.

    Deep low off the coast will move through Tuesday & Wednesday. Unsettled Monday.

    Low begins to push onshore Tuesday.


    A Sz 2 avalanche in The Pebble Creek area near Pemberton has killed a ski tourer. Article below.

    Two avalanche deaths in Switzerland. Article below.                                                             Net Pic

    Locally, avalanche control yesterday produced Sz 1-3. Sa, Xe, Xl. Mostly Sz 1's.


    There was some deep snow to be had yesterday.

    Avalanche closure in the alpine.

    Trees are supporting a lot of weight.

   7 cm of new snow during the day at Catskinner weather plot Friday.

    Thigh deep snow below 1400 meters. It was very dense!!!


Fatal Avalanche: Skier buried by snow near Pemberton: CTV News

RCMP investigating avalanche death near Pemberton: Pique

Skier saw the afterlife after she died for 20 min in an avalanche: BCNN

Avalanches claim two lives in Switzerland: Davos & Flumserberg

Epic avalanche conditions in Canada's Mountains: Gripped

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