Welcome to the WINTER of 2018/2019.

This page serves to aggregate many sources of relevant weather data and information found on line and is in constant development. We hope that the information here serves the outdoor sports community in helping make better decisions about their outdoor activities.

Although this page is geo-specific to Red and Granite Mountains near Rossland, BC, many of the tools apply to much of the Pacific North West.

For more information about weather in general, see weather and meteorology.

Stormcast – December 15, 2018 @ 8:00 AM

Good morning weather fans, welcome to Winter 2018/2019! We already have approximately 70 cms. in the alpine at Red, 30 more cms. and you’ll be skiing! New opening date for RED is this weekend, possibly sooner with new snow.

48 Hour Synopsis

Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

Today..Cloudy with 60 percent chance of snow early this morning then a mix of sun and cloud.
Tonight..Becoming cloudy this evening then periods of snow. Amount 5 cm. Becoming windy after midnight.
Sunday..Snow. Amount 5 to 10 cm. Snow level near valley bottom.

And Red Mountain Resort is now open, offering the T-Bar, SilverLode and Red Mountain for your skiing pleasure!

Longer Term

The other weather “Gods” are calling for a warmer and drier weather pattern for this winter, but the jury is still out because, as you know, Ullr has a mind of his own! … So here is the latest graphs from the NOAA, along with their prediction of a weak El Niño this winter.


Interestingly enough, the old timers used to tell us that warmer winters meant more snow in the Alpine, something that has borne true over the years – cold air does hold less moisture.

Columbia Avenue, Rossland, BC – Live View

Current Conditions

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Red Mountain Resort Snow Report

Whitewater Ski Area Snow Report

Drive BC Highway Information

Drive BC Highway Web Cams

Environment Canada – Silver Star Doppler Radar

Canada Weather Stats  (zoom in for more stations)

BC Interactive Fire Map – UPDATED

Lightning Map – British ColumbiaUPDATED

Latest Earthquakes – Pacific North West


Environment Canada – High Elevation Text Forecast

Environment Canada – Traveller Text Forecast

Red Mountain Resort Official Forecast

Canadian Avalanche Association – Kootenay Boundary Forecast

The Weather Network – 14 Day Trend

US National Weather Service – Climate Prediction Center – 30 Day Outlook

Weather Discussions

MJO – Maden-Jullian Oscillation (Wikipedia)

El Niño (Wikipedia)

La Niña (Wikipedia)

Cliff Mass Weather Blog

Forecaster Blog – Canadian Avalanche Association

Mountain Weather Forecast – North West Avalanche Center

Advanced Forecast Tools

Zoom to area of interest, play with the weather overlay controls on lower right, go to the Windy TY web site for 12 day forecast options!

U of WA – Precipitation Forecast, 180 hour – Eastern Pacific Ocean

U of WA – Precipitation Forecast, 72 hour – Pacific North-West

U of WA – Snowfall Forecast, 72 hour – Pacific North-West

U of WA – Surface Temperature and Surface Wind, 72 hour – Pacific North-West

U of WA – Temp/Wind @ 5000′, 72 Hour – Pacific North-West

U of WA – Temp/Wind @ 4000′, 72 Hour – Pacific North-West


Weather imagery and data courtesy of AccuWeather, UNISYS, University of Washington – Atmospheric Sciences, The Weather Network, Canadian Avalanche Association and Environment Canada.

Special thanks to the Canadian Avalanche Association for their Kootenay Boundary Weather Forecast

Special thanks to Red Mountain Resort for their Web Cam feeds.

Special thanks to Whitewater Ski Resort for their Web Cam feeds.

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