Canadian Rockies Daily Snow
By Bob Ambrose, Forecaster Posted 11 days ago February 13, 2024
Slightly less snow amounts than expected but still a welcomed refresh for many resorts. Updated resorts snow totals in the forecast below. Upslope snowfall looks to continue Tuesday with chances of an additional 5 – 10 cm at Sunshine, Castle, Nakiska, and Norquay. Ridging with a northerly flow on Weds and Thurs will bring dry and cool conditions into Fri AM. Dry and warmer over Family Day weekend.
Short Term Forecast
Tuesday, February 12
24-hour reported snowfall totals as of 7 AM Tuesday:
• Norquay 7 cm
• Banff/Sunshine Village 5 cm
• Nakiska 5 cm
• Lake Louise 4 cm
• Marmot Basin 3 cm
• Castle Mountain 3 cm
Residual upslope snowfall in the wake of a low-pressure trough moving to the east into Saskatchewan will bring an unsettled day on Tuesday from Sunshine south to Castle Mountain.
Best possibility of higher accumulations of 5 – 10 cm will be at Castle Mountain and Nakiska, with lesser chances of 4 – 8 cm at Norquay and Sunshine.
Chilly light to moderate N/NE winds will bring a colder airmass into the Alberta Rockies on Tuesday as well. Alpine highs will range from -8C to -12C.
Wednesday, February 14 – Friday, February 16
Beginning Wednesday, a upper ridge is favored to build in from BC and extend into the Alberta Rockies that will bring a daily dry mix of sun and clouds through Friday.
A northerly flow also continues through Friday morning, and along with clearing skies, will bring cold morning low temps in the low -20s at most base elevations Thursday and Friday. Alpine highs on Wednesday and Thursday look to range from -11C to -13C. Temps will begin a moderation on Friday, with 2000m highs rising to between -5C and -9C under light SW winds.
High-pressure is looking to extend through the entire Family Day Weekend. A SW flow aloft will bring in more cloud cover, so a daily mix of sun and cloud is likely through Monday.
This SW flow aloft will also be gradually rising temperatures to well above February seasonal averages throughout the weekend. Sunday’s high temps at 2000m are expected to range from a balmy -1C to -4C.
Thanks for reading. The next update will be on Thursday.
Alberta Rockies Ski Resorts & Areas / North & South Regions are solely for Geographic References.
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