7 Jan 2019

January 7, 2019

    YESTERDAY:

    Early Sunday morning. A few breaks.

    Flurries in the am.

    Snow conditions in the morning were awesome.

    Breaks later in the morning.

    Lots of people heading into the backcountry.

    Nice snow in lower Purple Haze.


    Contouring.

    At the end of the day.


    Sunday afternoon.



Weather Observations for January 7, 2019  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters   -11, Winds were 30-50 KPH S--Horstman Hut
2180 meters   -11, Winds were 30-50 KPH SW--Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -9, Winds were 10-25 KPH SW--Rendevous
1835 meters     -9, Winds were  25-35 KPH SSW--Round House
1650 meters     -7, 1 cm of new, 2 cm in 24 hrs, Base 257cm--Pig Alley
1565 meters     -7, 1 cm of new, 6 cm in 24 hrs, Base 197 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters     -2, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +1.8, 5.3 mm of precip recorded yest

   As of 07:15 Hrs this am we have scattered cloud, unlimited visibility and it is snowing very lightly.


 FORECAST:

A ridge of high pressure will build for today, an exiting upper trough will likely send some clouds and flurries in a Westerly flow aloft. The FL will remain below surface today. A strong Pacific front will begin to move onshore Tuesday with cloudy skies in the morning with flurries by the afternoon and the main impulse by Tuesday night into Wednesday. The FL will begin to rise and should be at around 1500 meters by Wednesday afternoon. Another strong impulse by Wednesday night into Thursday with the FL spiking at around 1700 meters. Warm air and unsettled weather is expected for Friday with the FL rising to 2000 meters. Another weak front for Saturday.
Guesstimates: Trace to 2 cm by Tuesday morning, 10-15 cm by Wednesday morning, 30-40 cm by Thursday morning, 10-15 cm by Friday morning.


    GOES IR Image this am. Low well off the coast, high pressure builds.


    High pressure with cold temperatures for today.








    Fronts along the coast.

    Low moving onshore Tuesday. FL will rise.





    Wet, warm, & windy for Wednesday.

    Flow continues into Thursday.


    AVALANCHE ACTIVITY:

    An avalanche has killed a backcountry skier in Colorado. report below.                               Net Pic

    An avalanche has killed a snowmobiler in Montana, Article below.             Charles Hlavoc Image

    An avalanche has killed a German skier in Vorarlberg, Austria. Article below                      Net Pic

    Avalanche kills two two skiers in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Article below.                      Net Pic

    Locally avalanche control produced Sz 1-2 Xe, Xt, Xc, & Sc.


    INFORMATION & OBSERVATIONS:

    Variable conditions in the alpine, strong winds had there way with exposed slopes.

    There were still good turns to be had.

    Less wind affect below tree line.

    The wind did produce some nice looking formations.

    Below Peak to Peak Whistler Side.

    Spindrift in the morning into early afternoon.

    Always scope out your lines before committing.

    Yes we have lots of snow.

     Big picture on Sunday.

          From Facebook, recent tree well incident. Be careful out there, ride, ski with a partner.



From Avalanche Canada MIN Reports:

Brew Hut: Jan 3, 2019

Disease Ridge: Jan 4, 2019

Western Duffey: Jan 4, 2019

Recent Storm Snow: Jan 5, 2019



From South Coast Touring: 
Mitch Sulkers
Finally Snowpocalypse 2019's fruits are stabilizing and letting riders hit a little steeper terrain.
Still a few ski cuts going to sz 1.5 in heavily wind windloaded convexities, but no whumpfing or cracking observed.
We road 35 degrees and under in TL and Alp terrain and slightly steeper in BTL terrain.
Temps and wind speed dropping during the day. Some conventional flurries as well.



ARTICLES:

An avalanche has killed a skier in Colorado:Senetor Beck Basin

Another article on the avalanche death in: Colorado

An avalanche has killed a snowmobiler West of Choteau: Montana

An avalanche has killed a German Skier in Vorarlberg: Austria

Avalanche kill 2 skiers in Krasnaya Polyana, near Sochi: Russia

High avalanche danger in the Alps amid heavy snow, 2 dead: Europe

Three small avalanches close North Ogden Road: Utah

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