Snow – From the Horse’s Mouth

Here’s the text of a weather report received at 0700 this morning:

Everything unraveling more or less as planned. The high pressure system that brought sunny skies yesterday is moving off to the east this morning. To the west an intense, deepening low pressure system will track to the south and redevelop in the lee of the Rockies over northern Montana in the next 24 hours. It creates and area of snow across southern BC and the southern and central Rockies that will start later this morning or early afternoon, and continue through Saturday into Saturday night and Sunday morning. Total accumulations of 10 to 20 cm is likely with higher amounts along the front ranges southwards to the US border. Most of the snow will be falling overnight into Saturday morning, and then it tapers off as far as amounts are concerned later Saturday. Temperatures will start to drop tonight with readings Saturday morning near minus 20, then a further slide in temperatures will occur during the day Saturday. The big arctic high plunging down from the north pushes the snow off to the south and east by Sunday. 

Yay (and brrr).


3 Comments on “Snow – From the Horse’s Mouth”

  1. Nick says:

    How cold is too cold?

    I’m more concerned about my car starting back up than getting cold on the mountain.

    • lakelouiselowdown says:

      Generally, -32C is when we don’t open any lifts, but that can vary based on other factors like wind chill, etc. Not only are extremely cold temperatures hard on machinery, but we must consider what would happen if a lift was down for more than a few minutes, and therefore how long people would be left sitting on it before either the lift was restarted or an evacuation was performed. Also, if someone gets hurt or breaks equipment on a run, how long will they be exposed to the cold before we can arrange to get them down the mountain? At borderline temperatures, we may only open one or two lifts, so that people have a chance to head inside to warm up after every run if they choose.

  2. Nick says:

    Thanks! very informative

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