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    Weakening cold front

    A weakening cold front in a northeast to southwest line through central Vancouver Island will move slowly southward to lie in Washington state by early this evening. A ridge of high pressure will lie west of the island. Moderate to strong northwesterly winds will prevail except for light to moderate southeasterlies today south of the front.
    Today in the alpine..Cloudy. 60 Percent Chance Of Flurries. Alpine High Minus 1.
    Snowfall Accumulation Trace. Freezing Level 2000 Metres Lowering To 1500 Metres This Afternoon. Mountain Top Winds Southerly 40 To 60 Km/H This Morning Becoming Southwest 15 To 30 This Afternoon.
    Today in the valley..Cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers this afternoon. High 11. Tonight Cloudy. 60 percent chance of rain showers or flurries this evening. Low minus 2.
    Kozman on the wrap around

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    Dry And Warm

    A Ridge Of High Pressure Will Maintain Generally Dry And Warm Conditions Across The South Coast Today. A Frontal System Currently Stalled Along The Central Coast Will Move Slowly Southward Tonight And Will Weaken As It Crosses The South Coast On Friday.
    The System Will Bring Clouds And Scattered Precipitation To The Region Friday.

    Today..Cloudy With Sunny Periods. Alpine High Plus 2. Freezing Level Near Valley Bottom This Morning Increasing To 1500 Metres This Afternoon. Mountain Top Winds South 40 To 60 Km/H.

    Today should bring a mix of sun and cloud with increasing cloud by this evening. A series of systems will begin to move through our area by tomorrow.

    A cold front in a northeast to southwest line through Queen Charlotte Sound will move slowly southward to lie through central Vancouver Island overnight.

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    Weak front to the north

    A storm hammering the north coast will slowly dissipate as it moves south. Much of the assoiciated moisture will dump onto the icefields to the north of us.
    A ridge of high pressure through southern Vancouver Island will slide southeastward into Washington state this morning. Meanwhile a pacific front in a northeast to southwest line through the northern tip of the Charlottes will move southward to lie stationary through Queen Charlotte Sound tonight.
    The Frontal System Over The North Coast Will Slump Southwards And Spread Clouds And Scattered Precipitation Over The South Coast Late Thursday.

    Today..A Mix Of Sun And Cloud. 30 Percent Chance Of Flurries.
    Alpine High Minus 4.
    Freezing Level Rising To 1000 Metres This Afternoon.
    Mountain Top Winds Light And Variable.

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    Beauty morning

    Beauty morning out there....
    Up top we have a temp of -10C at Horstman light winds from the south. Sunshine is forecast through the day with a freezing level around 1500-1600m. A pacific front will approach the area Wednesday night bringing moderate snowfall.. The low centred of the queen charlottes will send a good wave of precip through Thursday...
    A ridge of high pressure over Queen Charlotte Sound this morning will move to Vancouver Island tonight. A front well offshore early this morning will approach the north coast on today and will reach the Charlottes late tonight.

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    Cool and Blue

    A Weak Ridge Of High Pressure Over The South Coast Will Bring Dry Conditions To The Area Today. An Upper Trough Will Bring Unsettled Conditions Over The Region Tonight And Tomorrow.
    The weather gods seem to finally have granted us a reprieve from the stormy conditions that have prevailed throughout the month of March. We can expect to see a mix of sun and cloud for today and Tuesday. The freezing level should stay close to the valley overnight and rise up with daytime warming.

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    Post Deluge

    After a deluge of rain in the valley, and snow above 1700m the system responsible has slipped to the south of us. The alpine has cooled off to -6C, winds are strong out of the SE at 70km/ph+. Looks like we've got some ridging building in Monday and Tuesday with some sun and cloud, another cooler system Wednesday out of the West.
    Clearing after the monsoon

    Sunday..Mainly Cloudy With A Few Flurries.
    Alpine High Minus 4.
    Snowfall Accumulation Trace To 2 Cm.
    Freezing Level Rising To 900 Metres Then Lowering To Near Valley Bottom In The Evening.
    Mountain Top Winds Southwest 20 To 30 Km/H.

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    Warm, windy and wet

    A front over central Vancouver Island early this morning will intensify early today and slide east of the region by this evening. An associated low pressure system will intensify as it moves northeast through Queen Charlotte Sound this morning and early this afternoon

    Warm, windy and wet weather is expected through Saturday with cooling possible on Sunday.

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    Wet Coast

    A pacific frontal system is expected to bring mild temperatures and intense winds and precipitation to our area beginning this morning and continuing through Saturday. Heavy wet precipitation is likely at higher elevations with wet snow and rain likley up to treeline. Expect freezing levels to fluctuate between 1600m-1800m, upper elevations should receive over 1m during the event.

    A front near the Queen Charlottes early this morning will Slide down the coast it will then remain stationary over southern British Columbia through Saturday morning. The front is expected to bring up to 110 mm of rain over Greater Vancouver western Fraser Valley and Howe Sound and 130 mm over West Vancouver Island. The rain should ease by Saturday afternoon as the front moves into Washington state.

    North Pacific Sat

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    Big Storm

    It looks like a good storm is brewing out in the pacific. Freezing levels have been amended to around 1600m copious amounts of precip are expected for Friday as a 979mb low approaches from the pacific. The low centred off the Alaska Panhandle will pound the region Friday and Saturday.

    A Warm Front Approaching The South Coast Will Bring Periods Of Precip Today And Tonight With Gradually Rising Freezing Levels. The Trailing Cold Front Will Move Through Friday Morning With A Second Frontal System Approaching Late Friday.

    Today..Light Snow.
    Alpine High Minus 4.
    Snowfall Accumulation 1 To 3 Cm.
    Freezing Level Near Valley Bottom.
    Mountain Top Winds South 30 To 50 Km/H.

    Tonight..Periods Of Snow.
    Alpine Temperature Steady Near Minus 4.
    Snowfall Accumulation 2 To 5 Cm.
    Freezing Level Near Valley Bottom.
    Mountain Top Winds South 50 To 70 Km/H Gusting To 90.

    A weak front stalled in an east to west line across central Vancouver Island will strengthen today as it moves northward as A warm front through the bc coast. A low will deepen to 972 Millibars by this evening over the northern gulf of Alaska.

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    Warm front approaching

    A warm front approaching the coast will bring periods of intense precipitation and wind. A frontal system forecast for Wednesday through Thursday will bring moderate precipitation and low freezing levels. This will be followed with a break in the pattern on Friday..

    A significant storm on Saturday will develop This storm will arrive just in time for the weekend with very heavy precipitation and rising freezing levels towards 2000m.

    Today..Cloudy With Snow Developing This Morning. Alpine High Minus 7. Snowfall Accumulation 5 To 10 Cm. Freezing Level At Valley Bottom. Mountain Top Winds Southerly 30 To 50 Km/H.


    A warm front approaching the coast this morning will move through the coast near midday. The trailing cold front will move through the north coast this afternoon and will become stationary in an east to west line across southern Vancouver Island tonight.

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    Sunny breaks

    Some drier air today, and cooler temperatures. It's -8.5C at Horstman hut this morning winds are out of the southwest at 50km/ph. 23cm in 24hrs allthough things probably have settled out quite a bit with the warm temperatures of yesterday at times reaching 0C at the roundhouse.

    Today..Cloudy With Sunny Breaks. A Few Flurries This Morning. Alpine High Minus 6. Snowfall Accumulation 1 To 3 Cm. Freezing Level At Valley Bottom. Mountain Top Winds Southwest 20 To 40 Km/H Becoming 20 Km/H This Afternoon

    A cold front in a north to south line over southern Vancouver Island will move inland early this morning. In its wake a ridge of high pressure will reach the offshore areas this morning and will cross the coast this afternoon. Following the ridge a fairly intense warm front will be approaching the coast tonight.

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    Pacific storm

    Stormy conditions with another 10-15cm, strong winds and warm temperatures through the day. This disturbance will continue through the night and should start to break tomorrow afternoon.
    A Front Over The South Coast Today Will Produce Heavy Rain Or Snow Over The Mountains As Well As Strong Southerly Winds. In The Wake Of The Front Unsettled Flurries Expected On Tuesday With Low Freezing Levels.

    Today..Snow Heavy At Times.
    Alpine Temperature Steady Near Minus 3.
    Snowfall Accumulation 15 To 20 Cm.
    Freezing Level 1500 Metres.
    Mountain Top Winds South 60 To 90 Km/H.

    A front extending from the central coast across northern Vancouver Island and southwestward will cross Vancouver Island Today and exit over the Lower Mainland this evening. Meanwhile the associated 992 millibar low near cape St James early this morning will drift onto the north coast this afternoon. Behind the low a sharp ridge of high pressure will build towards coast overnight.

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    A Weak Ridge Of High Pressure

    A Weak Ridge Of High Pressure Will Keep The South Coast Generally Dry With Possible Afternoon Sunny Periods Today. The Next Frontal System Will Spread Snow Or Rain Beginning Overnight Through Monday. Strong Southerly Winds Will Accompany With The Front.

    Today..Cloudy With Sunny Periods.
    Alpine High Minus 1.
    Freezing Level 1500 Metres.
    Mountain Top Winds Southwest 30 To 50 Km/H.
    Tonight..Cloudy. Flurries Beginning Overnight.
    Alpine Temperature Steady Near Minus 2.
    Snowfall Accumulation 2 To 5 Cm.
    Freezing Level 1000 Metres.
    Mountain Top Winds South 30 To 50 Km/H Increasing To 60 To 80 Overnight.

    A ridge of high pressure extending towards Queen Charlotte Sound from the southwest will weaken today as the next in a series Of frontal systems approaches the bc coast. The front will move onto the north coast overnight while the associated low deepens to 992 millibars and moves to lie just west of cape St James by early Monday morning.

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    A weak cold front

    A weak cold front in a northeast to southwest line through the northern tip of Vancouver Island will move southward across the South coast region today. A weak ridge of high pressure building Over the offshore waters will move onto the north coast tonight.

    We will see fluctuating freezing levels from 1250m up to 1900m. Accompanying the bouncing freezing level will be ongoing precipitation, cloudy periods and winds out of the S 50-60 and increasing to 90 later in the afternoon. This front is expected to be with us until late Sunday afternoon, at which time we should begin to see some clearing and a brief respite from the precipitation.

    A major system will arrive early Monday bringing copius precipitation...
    Cooler air should arrive sometime Tuesday and Wednesday night another major system will bring continued snowfall through Friday

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    Another Dump

    We received another 15cm last night at -8C, and it continues to snow heavily right to the valley for now. Looks like freezing levels should rise to around 1500m this afternoon, and to 1800m by later on Saturday. Another cooler system in behind of Monday and Tuesday

    Rainfall warning for Howe Sound
    50 to 70 mm of rain expected by Saturday morning for Greater Vancouver Howe Sound and western Fraser Valley.

    20-30cm of light density snow has fallen early in the week. This overlies a previous variable windslab at upper elevations, and a crust below 1900m. Avalanche danger at all elevations; are expected to rise to above high hazard in the backcountry as a slick bed surface sits underneth.

    A 1000 millibar low over the Charlottes will move northeastward through Prince Rupert by early this afternoon. A warm front Extending southeastward from the low will reach the mainland coast this morning. A cold front also extends southwestward from the low and is forecast to lie across the northern tip of Vancouver Island overnight.

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    Blower Pow


    For Thursday Cloudy With Sunny Periods. Light Snow Beginning Thursday Evening.
    Alpine High Minus 7. Freezing Level Near Valley Bottom. Mountain Top Winds Light
    Friday we switch to more of of SW flow again as another wet system approaches with rising freezing levels.
    We received 13 cm’s of cold smoke last night, which was accompanied by very high winds out of the sw. In the high alpine overnight we saw major power flurries and had 17cm during the day yesterday. The sub surface crust is 2cm thick at 1900m and 10cm thick at 1650m. Good riding on east and north high alpine aspects.

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    Blue Bird

    A nice day around here
    Cool temperatures and clear skies....
    Moist Westerly Flow Will Spread Mainly Cloudy Skies With A Few Sunny Breaks Today. A Surface Ridge Will Bring Periods Of Sunshine Thursday Morning. The Ridge Will Give Way To A Warm Front Ahead Of A Pacific Disturbance Spreading Some Scattered Flurries Thursday Afternoon.

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    Some flurries

    Some flurries around today as a trough of low pressures sweeps across the south coast.

    A Weak Upper Ridge Will Bring Mainly Sunny Skies For Wednesday.

    Today..Periods Of Snow.
    Alpine High Minus 7.
    Snowfall Accumulation 3 To 5 Cm.
    Freezing Level Near Valley Bottom.
    Mountain Top Winds South 30 Km/H.

    The pineapple brought 80-90mm of precipitation and consistently strong winds from the SE and E. Winds have since shifted to the west bringing in cooller air untill Friday when another system wil approach from the SW. The precipitation fell totally as wet snow above about 1900m so dense it pasted everything even cliff faces. Then it all froze.. Wind gusts during the storm were clocked at 145km/ph peak gusts in the alpine enough to damage most wind monitoring equipment.

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    Post Pineapple

    After high winds, and freezing levels that rose to near 2200m a cooler flow of air has descended on us refrezzing the mountains.

    Today..Snow And Blowing Snow Tapering To Scattered Flurries This Morning.
    Alpine Temperature Falling To Minus 6 This Morning.
    Snowfall Accumulation 2 To 4 Cm.
    Blowing Snow Diminishing To 40 To 60 This Morning.

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    Pineapple express

    MMM the smell of tropical air...
    Looks like the alpine temperature may hold right around 0C..Hopefully bringing copious amounts of alpine base...
    North Pacific Sat

    A strong pacific front stalled over the southern part of the province is directing a very mild and moist southwesterly flow of air over Vancouver Island and the south coast. The front is producing heavy rain and high freezing levels. Heavy rain is expected over western Vancouver Island and portions of the southern mainland with additional amounts of 80 to 120 mm across southern sections of West Vancouver Island Howe Sound and the north shore mountains and 40 to 80 mm over Greater Vancouver Greater Victoria and the Fraser Valley. The rain will ease overnight as the front slumps south of the area.

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    A major pacific storm

    A major pacific storm 994mb will make it's approach this afternoon. Winds will rise out of the southeast 60-100km/ph, and it's ugly... The pineapple express stretchs right across the pacific this morning feeding fresh tropical air straight from Maui. We allready have winds out of the SE blowing this morning 50-60km/ph up top, and the alpine temp is holding around -4C for now.....
    North Pacific Sat
    The forecast.......Enjoy today...
    Rainfall warning for Howe Sound/Whistler

    Rainfall amounts of 60 to 110 mm are expected for the above regions through Sunday...
    A moist pacific frontal system will approach the British Columbia coast today. A developing low associated with the front will spread strong southeast winds up to 100 km/h over North Vancouver Island and the coastal sections of central coast this afternoon. The strong winds will ease tonight as the low moves inland.

    The 994 millibar low will deepen as it moves to Queen Charlotte Sound this afternoon and into southern regions this evening.

    Very warm and moist air will accompany the front bringing copious amounts of rain and high freezing levels climbing near to 2500m. The front will reach the south coast early this afternoon and linger through Sunday night. Heavy rain can be expected over much of the south coast with total amounts ranging from up to 160 mm in southern sections of West Vancouver Island to 60 to 110 mm over the coast mtns.

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    Windy up there

    A rather windy night in the alpine deposited windslab in some places, and scoured others, accumulations of around 15c-20cm fell last night in the alpine. Warmer air this afternoon took freezing levels up to around 1600m. Winds are gusting in the alpine 50-60km/ph from the south.

    For the weekend...

    A 980 millibar low will remain centred over the northern gulf of Alaska. Meanwhile a second 1002 millibar low will approach the west coast of Vancouver Island from the southwest today and will weaken and dissipate as it reaches central Vancouver Island this evening.

    A third low will approach the southern offshore waters Saturday winds will rise to southeast 100km/ph Sunday ahead of the third low.

    A Warm Southerly Flow Will Bring Extreme Wet Conditions To The South Coast On Sunday With Freezing Level Climbing Up To 2500 Metres In The Afternoon. Heavy Rain Is Expected For Sunday Over Most Areas. A Cold Front Will Move Across The Area Sunday Night Lowering The Freezing Level To 1200 Metres

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    982 millibar low

    A 982 millibar low will remain centred over the gulf of Alaska And will deepen to 975 millibars by this afternoon.

    Somewhere around 15 cm's is expected today and another 15 tonight. The low will maintain a fairly intense circulation along the bc coast leading to strong winds out of the SE 60-90km/ph on the ridgetop. Most of the Inner South coast where winds will remain moderate to strong.

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    Spring air

    Well we picked up 11cm of fresh last night on top of some warm snow underneth last night. Temperatures this afternoon should drop in the wake of a cold front moving through the area this morning, possible sunny breaks this afternoon. Freezing levels will fluctuate as another system approaches tommorow.

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    Intense pacific low

    After warm temperatures drove the freezing level to well above 1800m on Saturday, it cooled off overnight Saturday refreezing to a breakable crust off piste. Warm temperatures will continue through Tuesday as a cold front 965mb will develop later in the day today bringing high gusty winds to the alpine through Wednesday with moderate to heavy precip. However freezing levels will stay relativly high through Tuesday night around 1900m as it draws in warm air from the SW. The low will move north into the gulf of Alaska late Wednesday drawing cooler air and precipitation in the form of snow into the area...
    North Pacific Sat

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    A warm front

    A Warm Front From The Latest Pacific Weather System Is Pulling Out Today Leaving Behind Lots Of Moisture At The Low Level.

    Were sitting around -2C up top this morning with winds out of the West around 40 gusting 60km/ph

    Freezing Levels Are Expected To Rise Dramatically this afternoon to around 1800m.

    A trough of low pressure will weaken over the Alaskan Panhandle this morning. The next in a series of frontal systems will approach central and northern coast mountains this afternoon and tonight.

    5 Day Trend.
    Warm Moist Southwesterly Flow Will Keep Freezing Levels High And Bring Periods Of Rain Near The Coast And Snow Inland Through Tuesday. On Tuesday a strong pacific cold front 992mb will drop significant precipitation in the form of snow.

    The system arriving onshore is forecast to bring flurries today tonight and tomorrow.. Sunny breaks on Sunday will give way to a series of stronger systems on Monday and Tuesday

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    Blue bird morning

    High winds yesterday afternoon in the alpine redistrubuted some snow around up top. Temperatures overnight plummited to -14C in the valley, and in the alpine to -17c. Looks like one more day of sun before a pacific front approaches the area tommorow bringing snow to the valley.

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