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January 13, 2020 : Shuswap Update - Very Cold and Lots of Snow

The crazy snowfall period has finally ended. A lot of snow has been dumped into the Shuswap, increasing the snowpack at lake elevation to about 5 feet and more in same places. The mountain snowpack has also increased a lot and now has nearly reached 3 meters (9-10 ft) at Hunters Range and other high-elevation areas. In fact, today's mountain snowpack has already exceeded last winter's highest snow accumulation throughout the entire Shuswap watershed and most likely will exceed the 4 meter peak snow level of the 2017/2018 winter season.

As predicted by the forecast the current cold snap turned out as nasty as it gets. Last night's temperature in Sicamous, usually being slightly on the milder side compared to other places, dropped down to almost -20C (-3F) and is well on track to drop even further tonight. However, it's nothing compared to the mountain temperatures which, without windchill, have well been within the -30C range today. Hunters Range again took the record today with -31.4C (almost -24F); taking the windchill into account this could easily calculate to -40C or colder at open areas of the high mountains. Snowmobilers are well advised to carry some sort of survival kit to the mountain, just in case of an unforeseen event or technical problems. Given those temperatures it doesn't take long for a simple event to turn into an emergency - or worse.

Road conditions in the Shuswap are foremost icy and slippery. That isn't going to change as long as temperatures remain below the salt's point of effectiveness. Drive slow and expect icy patches especially in corners.
The cold snap should start to ease off on Thursday, just to bring back another prolonged period of more or less heavy snowfall. Don't forget to check your route on DriveBC before starting longer trips out of town.


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Last Lake Measurements
  Date: January 27, 2020
  Lake Level: 345.337 m 1133 ft.
  1-Day Change: -0.9 cm -0.4 in.
  Water Temp.: 0.6 °C 33 F
  Weather:
  Day Low: 1.7 °C 35 F
  Day High: 7.1 °C 45 F
Mountain Temperaturs
  Park Mtn: Low: -5 °C High: -3.9 °C
  Hunters Range: Low: -5.5 °C High: -2.3 °C
  Celista Mtn: Low: -3 °C High: -2.2 °C
  Silver Star Mtn: Low: -5.1 °C High: -3.2 °C
Mountain Snowpack
  Park Mtn: 225 cm 88.6 in
  Hunters Range: 269 cm 105.9 in
  Celista Mtn: 225 cm 88.6 in
  Silver Star Mtn: 200 cm 78.7 in
  Next Update: January 28, 2020
Shuswap Snowpack Information 2019/20

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