As I write this summary there are stars shimmering through the thick Hemlock canopy surrounding our tiny house, implying a sense of clarity and peace. Shrieking winds raging through mountain passes, rime-coated clothing and ropes, and freshly hidden crevasses all seem like parts of a distant past...but this brief calm belies my recent experiences in the Coast mountains.
Autumn is in full swing in the Rockies and Columbias. Mornings are crisp, afternoons are warm in the sun, the trees are colourful, and if there is precipitation it is generally in the form of snow at higher elevations.
Last weekend was cold and wet with snow in alpine areas in both mountain ranges. Since then it has been variable, running the gamut from sunny to cloudy to showery precipitation.
Looks like the nice weather will continue through Saturday with unsettled weather moving in on Saturday evening and hanging around until Monday. Freezing lines are going to be lower than the last week, with snow expected on the higher peaks in the ranges. Up to 5cm of snow above 3000m.
Looks like some more unsettled weather for the weekend. Current forecasts predict that it will be generally drier the farther East and South you travel and that Sunday should be drier than Saturday. Freezing levels will remain at or above 3000m.
Overall, conditions in the alpine continue to be better than what has become the new 'normal' for this time of year. Glaciers are in relatively good shape and many snow slopes, like the Bugaboo-Snowpatch col and the Swiss Glacier route on mount Rogers are hanging in there but starting to show signs of deterioration.
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