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Kicking Horse Snowfall and Temperature History


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Currently:
Temp 2325m(C)WindTemp 1600m Base Depth(cm)Hourly New Snow
-5.716-3.11180.00
 




Forecast


GFS Forecast Updated:  
10 Day snow total
10 day rain total
24 Hour Snow total
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top/bottom
Location:
Feb 20, 2024: 12pm
35.3 cm
0 mm
4.5 cm
1645 m
1190-2506m
kickinghorse
 
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Avalanche Bulletin

Kicking Horse
Issued by: lbaker
Issued at: Tue Feb 20, 2024 16:00 PST
Valid Until Wed Feb 21, 2024 16:00 PST
Danger ratingsProblemsDetails

A deep persistent slab problem remains where the near-surface crust is thin or absent.
Low-probability, high-consequence problems are best managed with conservative terrain choices.
WednesdayThursdayFriday
AlpineModerateModerateModerate
TreelineLowLowLow
Below TreelineLowLowLow

Terrain and Travel Advice:
  • Conditions may have improved, but be mindful that deep instabilities are still present.
  • Avoid steep, rocky, and wind effected areas where triggering slabs is more likely.
  • Recent wind has varied in direction so watch for wind slabs on all aspects.
Deep PersistentSlab

A weak layer near the base of the snowpack is a concern where a thick, strong, near-surface crust does not exist. This could be at higher elevations in the alpine and in steep, rocky, open features at treeline,

Wind Slab

Wind slabs are slowly bonding, or are getting softer and less reactive due to near-surface faceting. It is still possible for the weight of a human to trigger a small wind slab avalanche.

Avalanche Summary

On Monday, natural loose dry avalanches were reported to size 1 in steep polar aspects.

Over the weekend, several wind slab and loose avalanches were reported, up to size 1.5, in steep alpine terrain, some triggered by humans, and some by the sun.

Snowpack Summary

1 to 5 cm of snow overlies wind affected surfaces in open areas and a sun crust on solar slopes.

In sheltered areas, 10 to 30 cm of settling snow sits over a frozen crust that formed in early February. This crust is generally supportive to the weight of a human below treeline, but becomes breakable around treeline, and disappears as you ascend higher into the alpine.

The midpack is generally faceted.

The bottom 15-30 cm of the snowpack consists of weak faceted grains, depth hoar, and crusts that continue to produce sporadic, large avalanches.

Weather Summary

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy. 0 to 5 cm of snow. 10 to 25 km/h southwest ridgetop wind. Treeline temperature around -3 °C. Freezing level rising to 1200 m.

Wednesday

Partly cloudy. 0 to 2 cm of snow. 10 to 20 km/h southwest ridgetop wind. Treeline temperature around -2 °C. Freezing level rising to 1700 m. 

Thursday

A mix of sun and cloud. 20 to 30 km/h southwest ridgetop wind. Treeline temperature around -1 °C. Freezing level rising to 1700 m.

Friday

A mix of sun and cloud. 10 to 25 km/h west ridgetop wind. Treeline temperature around 0°C. Freezing level rising to 1900 m.

More details can be found in the Mountain Weather Forecast.

Confidence: moderate
Uncertainty is due to the fact that deep persistent slabs are particularly difficult to forecast.
We have a good understanding of the snowpack structure and confidence in the weather forecast
Glacier National Park
Issued by: CB
Issued at: Tue Feb 20, 2024 16:00 PST
Valid Until Wed Feb 21, 2024 16:00 PST
Danger ratingsProblemsDetails

Stick to polar aspects and sheltered terrain to find the best skiing.
Expect sluffing in steep terrain and watch for exposure to cliffs and terrain traps.
WednesdayThursdayFriday
AlpineModerateLowLow
TreelineModerateLowLow
Below TreelineLowLowLow

Terrain and Travel Advice:
  • Loose avalanches may start small but they can grow and push you into dangerous terrain.
  • Be cautious of buried obstacles especially below treeline.
Dry Loose

Incoming storm snow will be landing on a very firm sun crust on solar aspects and a variety of surfaces on polar aspects. Steep slopes will try to shed this new snow, which could gather significant mass below and be very problematic in terrain traps.

Wind Slab

Recent strong NE winds have created firm wind slabs in the Alpine. Though stubborn to trigger, there may be pockets of slab sitting on weak facets, waiting for the right load to set them free to flow downhill.

Avalanche Summary

No new natural avalanches observed along the highway corridor Tuesday.

On Monday, a few point-release dry sluffs were noted from steep terrain on Tupper and Macdonald.

In the past week, riders have been triggering unexpected avalanches, near ridgetop in wind effected terrain. These avalanches failed on a prominent crust down ~30-50cm. Terminal Pk & Connaught drainage

Snowpack Summary

5-10 cm of new snow freshly covers a spring like conditions. These include: soft snow in protected terrain on polar aspects, breakable crust on steep solar aspects, and variable wind slab in exposed terrain at ridge top.

A strong, supportive crust (widespread below 2500m) is down 30-50cm, makes for challenging travel and a layer for avalanches to slide on.

The mid-lower snowpack has strengthened. Isolated pockets of shallow, weak snow can be found in the high alpine.

Weather Summary

A weak disturbance this week will bring clouds, light snow, and freezing levels hovering around 1300 m.

Tonight: Cloudy/flurries, 5 cm, Alp low -5°C, ridgetop winds SW light gusting to Mod.

Wed: Cloudy/isolated flurries, Alp high -5°C, light SW winds.

Thurs: Cloudy/isolated flurries, Alp high -6°C, mod W winds.

Fri: Flurries, 5-10cm, Alp high -6°C, light/gusting mod SW wind.

Confidence: moderate
Lake Louise
Issued by: BW
Issued at: Tue Feb 20, 2024 16:00 PST
Valid Until Wed Feb 21, 2024 16:00 PST
Danger ratingsProblemsDetails

Conditions have improved but the nature of the snow pack still dictates concern for deeper slab releases. Best practice is to avoid rocky and thin snowpack areas in the alpine.

WednesdayThursdayFriday
AlpineModerateModerateModerate
TreelineLowLowLow
Below TreelineLowLowLow

Terrain and Travel Advice:
    Deep PersistentSlab

    Several persistent weak facet layers exist in the mid-pack and at the bottom of the snowpack. Sporadic avalanche activity continues on these layers and the theme seems to be rocky, steep, thin snowpack areas in the alpine.

    Wind Slab

    Isolated wind-slabs exist in high alpine lee areas. Increased winds forecast for Friday may increase windslab development in the alpine.

    Avalanche Summary

    No avalanches were observed or reported on Monday or Tuesday.

    Snowpack Summary

    Suncrust on steep solar aspects. Isolated wind slabs in the alpine. 10-25 cm of facetted snow over the Feb 3 crust. Persistent weak facet layers remain present in the mid and bottom of the snowpack.

    Weather Summary

    Isolated flurries for Tuesday night and Wednesday with total accumulations less then 3 cm by end of day on Wednesday. Ridgetop winds are forecast to be light to moderate from the west. Freezing Levels will rise to 1800 m on Wednesday.

    For more information be sure to check AvCan's Mountain Weather.

    Confidence: moderate



    ↓ - Golden Forecast

    Tuesday nightCloudy. 60 percent chance of rain showers or flurries early this evening. A few flurries beginning early this evening. Snowfall amount 2 cm. Low minus 2.
    WednesdayCloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries early in the morning. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud near noon. High plus 4. UV index 1 or low.
    Wednesday nightPartly cloudy. Low minus 2.
    ThursdayA mix of sun and cloud. High plus 5.
    Thursday nightCloudy periods. Low minus 5.
    FridayA mix of sun and cloud. High plus 4.
    Friday nightCloudy. Low minus 1.
    SaturdayCloudy with 40 percent chance of flurries or rain showers. High plus 5.
    Saturday nightRain showers or flurries. Low minus 4.
    SundaySnow. High plus 1.
    Sunday nightSnow. Low minus 7.
    MondayCloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. High minus 1.

    ↓ - Revelstoke Forecast

    Tuesday nightA few rain showers or flurries changing to periods of snow this evening. Snowfall amount 2 to 4 cm. Low zero.
    WednesdayPeriods of snow ending late in the morning then cloudy. High plus 5. UV index 1 or low.
    Wednesday nightMainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries overnight. Low zero.
    ThursdayCloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries or rain showers. High plus 5.
    Thursday nightCloudy periods. Low zero.
    FridayA mix of sun and cloud. High plus 5.
    Friday nightCloudy periods. Low zero.
    SaturdayShowers. High plus 4.
    Saturday nightRain or snow. Low minus 1.
    SundaySnow or rain. High plus 2.
    Sunday nightSnow. Low minus 3.
    MondayCloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries or rain showers. High plus 3.

    ↓ - Invermere Forecast

    ↓ - Banff Forecast

    Tuesday nightMainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of rain showers or flurries changing to 60 percent chance of flurries this evening. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low minus 4. Wind chill minus 6 overnight.
    WednesdayMainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries in the morning and early in the afternoon. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 late in the morning. High plus 3. Wind chill minus 6 in the morning. UV index 1 or low.
    Wednesday nightPartly cloudy. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light in the evening. Low minus 3. Wind chill minus 6 overnight.
    ThursdayA mix of sun and cloud. High plus 3.
    Thursday nightCloudy periods. Low minus 4.
    FridaySunny. High plus 4.
    Friday nightCloudy periods with 40 percent chance of flurries. Low zero.
    SaturdayCloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries or rain showers. High plus 3.
    Saturday nightCloudy. Low minus 8.
    SundayFlurries. High plus 1.
    Sunday nightPeriods of snow. Low minus 10.
    MondayPeriods of snow. High minus 4.

    ↓ - Yoho Natl Park Forecast

    Tuesday nightPeriods of light snow. Wind west 30 km/h becoming light this evening. Low minus 5. Wind chill minus 11 overnight.
    WednesdayCloudy with 30 percent chance of light snow. Wind becoming west 20 km/h near noon. High plus 1. Wind chill minus 11 in the morning. UV index 1 or low.
    Wednesday nightCloudy with 30 percent chance of light snow. Wind west 20 km/h. Low minus 4. Wind chill minus 10 overnight.
    ThursdayCloudy with 30 percent chance of snow. High plus 1.
    Thursday nightCloudy. Low minus 6.
    FridaySunny. High zero.
    Friday nightCloudy periods. Low minus 3.
    SaturdayCloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. High plus 1.
    Saturday nightCloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 6.
    SundayPeriods of snow. High zero.
    Sunday nightPeriods of snow. Low minus 8.
    MondayCloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. High minus 3.

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    History


    Load 7 Day Weather History
    Current Weather:
    Golden
    788m
    Revelstoke
    445m
    AlbertCanyon
    870m
    Laurie
    2260m
    CorbinPassHigh
    2135m
    CorbinPassLow
    1615m
    Temperature(C) 3.3 0.5 -0.3 -4.8 -3.2 -0.7
    Liq Precip Last 24Hr 0.0 mm 1.4 mm mm mm mm mm
    Snow Depth12 cm21 cm70 cm0 cm0 cm0 cm
    Wind↑ at 9.9 km/h↓ at 3.1 km/h↙ at 0.8 km/h↗ at 3.1 km/h→ at 3.7 km/h




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