23 Feb 2019

February 23, 2019


    YESTERDAY:

    Snowing in the valley Friday morning.

    Excellent turns to be had in the morning.

    Powder to be had on the Peak to Valley Race Course.

    Storm blew through at around 13:00 hrs.

    An awesome afternoon.

    Unsettled weather Friday afternoon.


Weather Observations for February 23, 2019 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -12, Winds were 20-30 KPH SE--Horstman Hut
2180 meters     -12, Winds were 20-30 KPH SE--Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -10, Winds were 10-20 KPH SE--Rendevous
1835 meters       -9, Winds were   5-10 KPH ESE--Round House
1650 meters       -9, trace of new, 15 cm in 24 hrs, Base 259 cm--Pig Alley
1565 meters       -8, trace of new,   9 cm in 24 hrs, Base 184 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters       -6, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +0.6, 7.3 mm of precip recorded yest


    As of 07:00 hrs this am we have broken cloud and unlimited visibility.


FORECAST:

A cool upper level trough will bring unsettled weather with some isolated flurries today in a Westerly flow aloft. Will likely be mostly cloudy with some breaks.  Unsettled weather for Sunday as the high begins to rebuild. The ridge will strengthen for Monday with sunny skies into Tuesday. Unsettled again Wednesday into the weekend. An upper level low could bring some more snow for Wednesday into Thursday but there is some disagreement in the models so sitting on the fence until we get closer. Guesstimates: trace-3 cm by Sunday morning.


    GOES IR image taken this am.


    Low still affecting our zone for today.





    Fronts along the coast.

    High begins to rebuild, low moves away.






    Arctic high keeps it dry and sunny for Monday.

    Low and High are right along the coast. 



    AVALANCHE ACTIVITY:

    Avalanche control yesterday produced Sz 1 vssl Sc Sr Xc. Sa Sz 1 reported in the backcountry.

    Na point releases.


    INFORMATION & OBSERVATIONS:



    Mid Peak to Valley Course.

    Its a demanding race.

    Creekside.

    20 cm of new snow yesterday.


SPAW for the South Coast : Avalanche Canada

Extended column test at Runners Peak: Avalanche Canada


Avalanche Canada MIN Reports:

Cayoosh\Marriot: Feb 21, 2019



ARTICLES:

Australian Woman dies in avalanche near Whistler: Mountain Watch

Snowboarder dies following avalanche on Blackcomb Mountain: Pique

Woman killed after entering permenatly closed area on Whistler/Blackcomb: Global News

Snowmachiner tells story of Hatcher Pass Avalanche: Alaska

Near misses and accidental slides in the Whitefish Range: Montana

Avalanche control work Saturday morning on Stevens Pass: Washington State

Avalanche hits J & K's Bandipora, 5 rescued: Northern India

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