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Shuswap Lake: January 17, 2021  

During last night 6 cm (2.4 in) of new snow has accumulated along the Shuswap Lake shoreline. However, mild weather in the morning has quickly melted most of the new snow away. Remaining wet spots and water puddles are most likely to freeze during nighttime and may cause slippery roads at some places.
Shuswap Lake cooled down a bit today, inching closer to freezing at the water surface. Some calm, remote lake areas already show thin ice covers; especially at the end of Seymour Arm and Anstey Arm. Mara Lake should partially freeze over soon as well.

Mountain Snowpack: January 21, 2021  

It was another great day for sledding in the mountains; clear sky, lots of sun, low avalanche risks, and great powder snow have been inviting sledders to all Shuswap mountain trails. It was a bit cold though; temperatures dropped as low as -17.4°C (0.7F) last night and, despite the all the sun, it didn't warm up much during the day either.
Friday promises another great sunny day for all the sledders; however, keep in mind that alpine temperatures are most likely to drop even lower tonight and tomorrow. Minor troubles, like sled break-downs, can quickly turn into a serious and dangerous problem under such low temperature conditions. Plan ahead, be prepared, and be safe.

We would like to see your great sledding pictures to be included in our upcoming slide-show at this web site. Just attach your picture to an e-mail message, identify where it was taken, and send it to webmaster@shuswaplakewatch.com. Also, a proper picture upload form is currently being created and should be available shortly.

COVID Situation: January 14, 2021  

So far, post-Holidays COVID cases in BC haven't been as bad as expected. Case counts have slightly dropped this week and most new cases are still concentrated in the Vancouver and South Fraser region. As for the Shuswap, case counts in the Okanagan jumped up slightly but remain fairly stable in the Thompson Shuswap area. Similar to the Quebec and Ontario restrictions, our BC government is currently evaluating the legal possibility of shutting down this Province for all outside travellers. No such decision has been made yet and hopefully it won't come to this. The economic consequences for the entire BC tourism-based industry would certainly be substantial and it certainly would be a better approach to just isolate the 2 hotspot areas where the majority of BC cases are located.
Sadly, COVID infections have also been reported in Sicamous. Both the Sicamous High-school as well as the Elementary School have reported confirmed COVID cases. However, both schools remain open at this time. Practice social distancing and avoiding larger groups. Wearing a face mask inside stores and offices remains mandatory for some time into the future.

What's new on shuswaplakewatch.com: January 07, 2021  

Here you will find the latest information what's happening on this web site.

- Reprogramming the web site is a tedious and slow process. Nevertheless, we take it page by page and should have most of it done by the end of the winter.
- An online sign-up form for advertising banners has been added to our "Advertising" page. Hopefully it will be used quite often...
- Funny stuff: I found our old "Shuswap Map" page which was online 20+ years ago - before Google Maps and such. It shows boat launches, marine gas, and much more for all of Shuswap Lake. It's now back online - for "good old times" sake. Check it out at Old Shuswap Lake Map
At some point, just before suffering of getting bored, an updated and more modern version shall be created.
And speaking of maps, we are currently working on a detailed "sledders" map for the entire Shuswap, containing cabins, shelters, parking, trails, and much more. When it gets online it will be noted here.

 
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Last Lake Measurements
  Date: January 21, 2021
  Lake Level: 345.340 m 1133.01 ft.
  1-Day Change: -1.2 cm -0.5 in.
  Water Temp.: 0.6 °C 33 F
  Weather:
  Day Low: -6.6 °C 20 F
  Day High: 0.0 °C 32 F
  Next Update: January 22, 2021

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Updated daily after 7:00pm
2021-01-21 BC Canada
New Cases 564 5,955
New Deaths 15 160
Total Cases 62,976 731,450
Total Deaths 1,119 18,622
* BC does not report COVID cases on weekends
 

Shuswap Avalanche Danger Rating
Triggering avalanches may be possible in specific areas with stiff, wind-drifted snow or with a buried weak layer. Monitor for these conditions where you travel on Friday.
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