What a great start to winter 2018! Those good early falls in May disappeared, but then we got the best snow pack for June in 17 years! And now we have another big system bearing down on us.
As always, forecasts vary, and this far out, they may be more enthusiastic than the reality we will see over the weekend. Let’s hope this system does deliver the goods.
Here’s a quick check at what some of the key snow websites are saying.
If you’re heading out after the storm, be aware that there may be some avalanche risk as the fresh settles on a sun affected layer. Check the Mountain Sports Collective backcountry advisory before you get on the trail.
This one is from MountainWatch.
This is from Snow watch.
This one comes from Jane Bunn:
Big snow system, mainly Saturday, snow up high from Friday.
A high is moving to the east and cold fronts are approaching. This will make it windy.
We stay dry through to the end of Wednesday, but one of these fronts may produce rain on Thursday (up to 5mm). It is too warm for snow.
A front breaks through on Friday. It starts warm with rain for all resorts, but there is enough cold air for it to snow to 1600 metres at times. Up to 25 mm of precipitation – with 5 to 20 cm of that falling as snow up high.
A stronger front pushes through on Saturday, and this is all cold. Snow falls down to 900 metres with 15 to 30 cm of snow.
So, this brings 20 to 50 cm of snow all up.
The chance of snow showers on Sunday, the slight chance of snow showers early next week, until the high moves back in.