Big Snow on the Way to Lake Louise?Posted: February 6, 2011
Not just big, but really big, according to the computer models used by our avalanche control department.
Avalanche forecasters at Lake Louise use a number of different models from different sources when trying to come up with an accurate view of what weather is headed our way. Like any forecasts, there’s always a margin for error, sometimes much wider than others. Along with the models we use, one can find critiques of these models, and they don’t always agree with what the models are saying.
This time, however, there seems to be widespread agreement that a significant storm has just hit the B.C. coast and will arrive over the Great Divide around lunchtime today (Sunday), and will continue overnight and into tomorrow. One of the more difficult components of weather to forecast is precipitation amounts, so there are varying opinions as to how much this area will receive. However, the most conservative of these forecasts is calling for 30cm of snow, while others are predicting up to 55cm.
Exactly how much snow falls in Lake Louise remains to be seen, but confidence is high that we’ll get lots, and skiers who hit the slopes Monday and Tuesday will find out exactly how much.
UPDATE: Started snowing at Lake Louise shortly after 9:00am – ahead of schedule!