6 Jan 2019

January 6, 2019

    YESTERDAY:

    Early Saturday morning, overcast with flurries.

    Started lightening up fairly quickly.

    7 Th Heaven was opened quickly.

    Awesome light by mid morning.

    Snow conditions were great!!!

    Frontal band approaching near the end of the day.

    Flurries by the end of the day.


Weather Observations for January 6, 2019  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -6, Winds were 60-80 KPH SE--Horstman Hut
2180 meters     -5, Winds were 60-75 KPH S--Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -4, Winds were 25-40 KPH SE--Rendevous
1835 meters     -4, Winds were 20-30 KPH S--Round House
1650 meters     -2, 15 cm of new, 17 cm in 24 hrs, Base 270 cm--Pig Alley
1565 meters     -2, 13 cm of new, 14 cm in 24 hrs, Base 200 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters      0, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +2,8, 0.0 mm of precip recorded yest

    As of 07:00 Hrs we have obscured skies, limited visibility and it is snowing 2 cm per hour.


FORECAST:

A weak upper trough and surface high will bring unsettled conditions for today in a Southwest flow aloft. A low to our South will spread cloud and periods of light snow. The FL will hover in the 800 meter zone and drop down to surface tonight. Ridge strengthens slightly for Monday but lingering clouds will bring another unsettled day with some flurries. A frontal band will arrive Tuesday afternoon with moderate precipitation by Tuesday night. Front intensifies with strong winds and moderate/heavy snow for Wednesday. More snow for Thursday.
Guesstimates: 4-8 cm by Monday morning, Trace-2 cm by Tuesday morning, 15-20 cm by Wednesday morning, 30-40 cm by Thursday morning.



    GOES IR image from this am.

    Upper trough with cooler temps.





    Fronts along the coast.

    Colder for Monday with a ridge of high pressure.





    Frontal band for Tuesday with a rising FL

    Vigorous front for Wednesday.




    AVALANCHE ACTIVITY:

    Avalanche death in Europe at Mount Teisen. Article below.                                        Net Pic

    Heli bombing on Whistler.

    Avalanche control on Saturday produced Sz 1-3 Xc, Xe, Xh, Sa.

    Sz 1 Sa Saturday afternoon.




    INFORMATION & OBSERVATIONS:

    Serious rime after last snow.

    A coated Tusk.

    Snow conditions were excellent.

    Delay on Peak chair because some skiers went through AC closures.

    0.0 mm recorded at 660 meters yesterday.




ARTICLES:

High avalanche risk in the Alps amid heavy snow, 1 Dead: Europe

One person rescued after avalanche in Teton Pass: Wyoming

Vigilance urged for BC Backcountry enthusiasts as avalanche risk remains: National Post

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