30 Jan 2020

January 30, 2020

    YESTERDAY:

    Wet snow at 700 meters Wednesday morning.

    Snow line Wednesday morning was at 900 meters.

    13:00 Hours!!

    Wednesday January 29, 2020. 13:30 Hrs. -3.0 Deg C with a 20-50 KPH West wind.

    13:00 Hrs Wednesday.

    Big picture Wednesday afternoon.

    T-Bar on Whistler did open.

    Nice snow where you could reach it.

    Nice evening, days are getting longer. Sunset was at 16:59.


Weather Observations for January 30, 2020 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    -9, Winds were 35-45 KPH SE--Horstman Hut
2180 meters    -8, Winds were 35-45 KPH S--Whistler Peak
1860 meters    -6, Winds were 15-20 KPH SE --Rendevous 
1835 meters    -5, Winds were 20-30 KPH SE--Round House
1650 meters    -6, 0 cm in 12 Hrs, 16 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 245 cm --Pig Alley
1560 meters .  -6, trace in 12 Hrs,   8 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 168 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters    -2, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +3.2, 5.0 mm of precip yesterday.

    As of 07:00 Hs we have broken cloud and unlimited visibility.



FORECAST:

A flat upper ridge will bring unsettled weather this morning into the afternoon in a Southerly flow aloft. The freezing level will slowly rise to around 1500 meters by tonight with increasing cloud and periods of light precipitation by 13:00 Hrs.  This system will bring periods of moderate to heavy precipitation into the weekend with the FL maxing out at around 2200+? meters by Friday afternoon. Winds will be strong and Southerly at the surface. By Saturday afternoon we should see some cooler air push into our zone with snow diminishing as the cold front passes through. The FL is expected to drop to 1500 meters on Saturday morning, then back down to Surface by Saturday night. More snow to the valley Sunday before a drying trend on Monday. Guesstimates: 20-29 cm by Friday morning, 80-130? mm by Saturday morning with high to mid mountain FL, 15-25 cm by Sunday morning.


    GOES IR image from this am.


Increasing cloud by this afternoon with the FL rising as a warm front pushes through.





    Fronts along the coast.

     Strong winds, rising FL with heavy precipitation for Friday.





     Cooler temperatures with a Northerly flow by Saturday.




    AVALANCHE ACTIVITY:

    An avalanche at Tomamu Ski resort has one skier missing, 7 survivors .  Article below.    Net Pic

    A hiker was injured in an avalanche in Iceland. Article Below.                                           Net Pic

    Minimal avalanche control on Blackcomb with a Sz 1 Na observed.

    Some avalanche control on Whistler yesterday produced Sz 1.5 Sc. Some NA Sz 1.5 noted in PM.




    INFORMATION & OBSERVATIONS:

    Alpine lifts were getting hammered by wind, Max wind at 2240 M was 140 KPH at 11:00 Hrs

    Cornices are growing and fragile, even at tree line.

    Top of Crystal Chair.

    Wednesday at 660 meters we received 5.0 mm.

    Catskinner weather plot at 1570 M, received 8 cm of new snow by 14:30 Hrs yest, Base 171 cm.

    Pig alley weather plot at 1650 M, received 16 cm of new snow by 14:00 Hrs yest, Base 253 cm.


   Even the Glacier Express succumbed to the winds. T-Bar on Whistler did open in the PM.

    In the past 7 days we have received 76 cm of new snow.

    Squamish Wednesday afternoon.


AVALANCHE CANADA MIN REPORTS:



VIDEOS:

Whistler weather with meteorologist: David Jones

East Vail Avalanche: Colorado


ARTICLES:

Possible fatality with 7 survivors at Tomamu Ski Resort: Japan

Skiers cause avalanches in Tetons this week: Montana

A missing hiker was found in an avalanche and rescued near Reykjavik: Iceland

High avalanche risk in the Alps: France

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