3 Jan 2020

January 3, 2020


    Early Thursday morning.

    Variable visibility yesterday afternoon.

    Rime at 2240 meters.

    Thursday January 2, 2020. 14:00 Hrs. -8.4 Deg C with a ESE 10-15 KPH Wind. Snowing lightly.

    Thursday afternoon.

    Snowing 2 cm per hour at 16:15 Hrs.

Weather Observations for January 3, 2020 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters      -3, Winds were 100-130 KPH S--Horstman Hut
2180 meters      -3, Winds were 100-140 KPH S--Whistler Peak
1860 meters      -1, Winds were     40-65 KPH SSE --Rendevous 
1835 meters      -2, Winds were     25-55 KPH SSE--Round House
1650 meters       0, 17 cm in 12 Hrs, 18 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 134 cm --Pig Alley
1560 meters .    -1, 13 cm in 12 Hrs, 15 cm in 24 Hrs, Base   83 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters       0, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +1.6, 9.2 mm of precip yesterday.

    As of 07:00 hrs this am we have obscured skies, limited visibility, snowing and blowing.


A series of frontal bands are forecasted to bring more snow to our area in a Southwesterly flow aloft. For today a warm front will bring moderate to heavy precipitation with the freezing level hovering in the 1600 meter range, dropping to 1000 meters by tonight with the passage of a cold front.. Still the possibility of the FL going up to 1800 meters! Disappointing snowfall last night, way off the expected amounts, appears to have gone North again. Hopefully this front today will produce, should see a break between the warm and cold front.. A cool upper level trough will bring light snow to the area on Saturday. The FL will be at or below surface. More of the same for Sunday. Warmer pattern for Monday with periods of precipitation into Wednesday. Guesstimates: 20-45 cm by Saturday morning, 5-10 cm by Sunday morning, 8-12 cm by Monday morning.

    GOES IR image from this am.

    Looks warm on the 850 mb model for today. Fingers crossed.

    Fronts along the coast.

    Cooler on Saturday.

     Nice temperatures for Sunday as well.


    Old Fracture line. Taking a while for them to fill in.

    Minimal results with Heli-bombing on Backcomb yesterday. New Years went Sz 2.5

    Glide crack. Sz 1.5-2 Xh, Xc, Xe on Whistler yesterday. One Sx 2.5.


    New sign.

    Blackcomb Bowl is Area Boundary from Bushrat down.


    Young Rippers.

    Avalanche Awareness tours top of Blackcomb, 12:30 Wednesday thru Sunday.

From Avalanche Canada MIN Reports: 

Phelix Creek: Dec 31, 2019


Avalanche across road in: Utah

Snowpack Doubled on Shallow slopes: Montana


A soldier has died in an avalanche near Grenoble: France

Slide risk expected to rise along Sea To Sky Corridor: Avalanche Canada

Two snowmobilers have died in an avalanche near Lake Dinah: Montana

Two Splitboarders grab trees to ride out avalanche: Colorado

Emcon Services hard at work on Highways: Hwy 1 Avalanches

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