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Shuswap Lake: December 30, 2021  

Temperatures are slowly turning back into a more normal range for this time of the year. Many roads are still icy and slippery but at least the Highways can be expected to get cleaned up properly following this weekend. Snowy periods are expected to continue throughout next week.

Shuswap Lake levels are still 110 cm (43.3 in) above the 25-year average for this time of year but slowly dropping at a slow rate of between 1.5 cm to 4 cm (0.6 to 1.5 in) per day as colder weather continues. Shallow areas along the shoreline a now covered by a rapidly thickening icy crust and, at this time, it seems as parts of the lake will be frozen over gain this winter. After the 2.5 cm (1 in) of new snowfall this morning the sitting Sicamous snowpack at lake altitude has now grown to 24 cm (10 in). Other communities around the Shuswap Lake are sure to have an even higher snowpack sitting in town and beyond.

Mountain Snowpack: December 30, 2021  

Mountain daytime temperatures warmed up a bit to around -17°C (1.5 F) today and, with the extreme cold snap coming to an end this Saturday, sledding through the weekend is looking a bit more inviting again. Expect nice, fresh powder snow well down below the treeline and some sunny periods in the early afternoon. However, the weather is turning back to increased snowfall or flurries this weekend and throughout the coming week.

The Shuswap sledding trail maps as well as the mountain cabins and parking map are now finalized and online. The quite extensive Hunters Range trail map will follow soon. We are also working on a detailed help page describing all available map features which will be available soon as well. All map data is now completely database driven which greatly extends the future possibility of updating and extending the map content. All maps will also be added to the mobile phone version soon.
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Shuswap Lakewatch NEWS: Shuswap Lakewatch NEWS

Date Headline Topic
2021-07-20Wildfire near SicamousWildfire
2021-06-13First 2021 Shuswap Lake Level Peak RecordedSLW News
2021-05-272021 Runoff Report - May EditionSLW News
2021-04-05The 2021 runoff has startedSLW News
2021-04-04COVID-19 Update: BC case counts at new record highCOVID-19

What's new on January 17, 2022  

Update 2022-01-17:
- Updated Hunters Range trails map; now including ungroomed trails
- Added help page for the trails maps

Update 2022-01-04:
- Added latest snowpack depth and mountain temperatures to the cabin map info box

Update 2022-01-03:
- Added Hunters Range trails (groomed trails only)
- Updated Cabin Map, added cabin and DOT tower pictures and snow pillow station locations

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Shuswap Lake
  Date: January 17, 2022
  Lake Level: 345.761 m 1134.39 ft.
  1-Day Change: 1.1 cm 0.4 in.
  Water Temp.: 0.6 °C 33 F
  Day Low: 0.6 °C 33 F
  Day High: 5.8 °C 42 F
Lake Graph

Shuswap Mountains
  Date: 2022-01-17
  Mountain Snowpack
  Park Mtn 146 cm (57 in)
  Hunters Range 194 cm (76 in)
  Celista Mtn 210 cm (83 in)
  Silver Star Mtn 145 cm (57 in)
Daytime Temperatures
  Park Mtn -0.7°C (31 F)
  Hunters Range -2.0°C (28 F)
  Celista Mtn -0.1°C (32 F)
  Silver Star Mtn -1.1°C (30 F)

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Updated daily after 7:00pm
2022-01-16 BC Canada
New Cases 0 19,360
New Deaths 0 66
Total Cases 293,521 2,759,991
Total Deaths 2,468 31,530
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Shuswap Avalanche Danger Rating

Storm slabs likely remain triggerable in wind loaded deposits and where recent snow sits over a weak layer. We have uncertainty around reactivity and distribution of a recently buried layer at treeline and below. Approach steep slopes and convexities cautiously at all elevations.

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