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Avalanche Risk (Local)
27/01/2021 11:13hrs
(Above 1800m)
Generally safe, watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
(1200m - 1800m)
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Insufficient information to establish avalanche danger rating.
(Below 1200m)
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Mountain Conditions
Tuesday 26th January 2021, 09:14hrs: Fine but extremely blustery (NW gales) days continue. Rain, potentially heavy, to develop overnight on Wednesday into Thursday. Snowfall is possible to 1200m on Thursday/Friday. There are still some quite substantial patches of fresh snow on Main Range ridges and upper southern aspects above 1700m.

23/01/2021 19:00hrs: Today's heavy rainfall failed to scour off the new snow above 1600m along the Main Range; it would appear a good 20-30cm remains on southern flanks, and to some extent along ridgebacks, patchy on stormward northern aspects. Sub-ranges still have patchy snow in gullies and more protected areas.

There is considerable snowmelt into the rivers, alongside the rainfall. Further lighter rain is forecast over the next few days mostly about and west of the Alps.

21/01/2021 18:41hrs: Intermittent rainfall at this stage after receiving 250mm+ (500mm+ on western slopes) over the past 5 days. It snowed to 1000m yesterday from the northwest, this has subsequently melted back to 1500m today. Folks exploring to treeline on Avalanche Peak early this morning reported 20-50cm of fresh snow at treeline (1500m), melting fast. Some cornicing over south aspects has also been noted through the murk on Main Range ridges above 1600m (previously there was no snow at this level). The new snow barely penetrated the Craigieburn Range, petering out around the Black Range area.

Tomorrow (Friday) should bring some temporary clearances, however storms reappear on Saturday with some heavy rainfall likely, showers then continue until Monday night. Freezing levels are rising now, so fresh snow is likely to melt off rapidly in the higher level rainfalls and gale north-westerlies over the next few days; this will mean rivers across the Parks may see a melt surge alongside the rainfall!

20/01/2021 08:07hrs: Well over 200mm of heavy rainfall (380mm on western slopes) has fallen over the past 72 hours, it is now snowing to 1000m. Further rainfall / low level snowfall is expected through to Saturday - welcome to Summer :)

  • Mt Oates (2041m) - Southeast aspect(New) 26/01/2021
    Mt Oates (2041m) - Southeast aspect
  • Lyell Peak (1828m)21/01/2021
    Lyell Peak (1828m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) -  Crow Face16/01/2021
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow Face
  • Mottram Peaks (1789m)13/01/2021
    Mottram Peaks (1789m)
  • Mt Damfool (2030m)13/01/2021
    Mt Damfool (2030m)
  • Mt Harper (2222m) - East aspect13/01/2021
    Mt Harper (2222m) - East aspect
  • Carrington Peak (2010m) - North approach12/01/2021
    Carrington Peak (2010m) - North approach
  • Mt Armstrong (2110m) - West & South Aspects12/01/2021
    Mt Armstrong (2110m) - West & South Aspects
  • Mt Guinevere (2042m) - West aspect12/01/2021
    Mt Guinevere (2042m) - West aspect
  • Mt Lancelot (2112m) - West aspect12/01/2021
    Mt Lancelot (2112m) - West aspect
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Upper Waimakariri Approaches12/01/2021
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Upper Waimakariri Approaches
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face16/12/2020
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge16/12/2020
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge
  • Mt Temple (1913m) - West Face16/12/2020
    Mt Temple (1913m) - West Face
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face16/12/2020
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face
  • Mt Franklin (2145m) - Southwest Ridge15/12/2020
    Mt Franklin (2145m) - Southwest Ridge
  • Mt Franklin (2145m) - West Ridge15/12/2020
    Mt Franklin (2145m) - West Ridge
  • Avalanche Peak (1833m)14/12/2020
    Avalanche Peak (1833m)
  • Blimit (1921m)14/12/2020
    Blimit (1921m)
  • Goat Hill (1656m)14/12/2020
    Goat Hill (1656m)
  • Mt Alexander (1958m) - South Face14/12/2020
    Mt Alexander (1958m) - South Face
  • Mt Alexander (1958m) - West Aspect14/12/2020
    Mt Alexander (1958m) - West Aspect
  • Mt Barron (1730m) - North aspects14/12/2020
    Mt Barron (1730m) - North aspects
  • Mt Bealey (1836m) - North aspect14/12/2020
    Mt Bealey (1836m) - North aspect
  • Mt Cassidy (1850m)14/12/2020
    Mt Cassidy (1850m)
  • Mt Philistine - Philistine Bluffs (1967m)14/12/2020
    Mt Philistine - Philistine Bluffs (1967m)
  • Mt Philistine - Warnocks Bluff (1967m)14/12/2020
    Mt Philistine - Warnocks Bluff (1967m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Ridge14/12/2020
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Ridge
  • Mt Rosamond (2186m)14/12/2020
    Mt Rosamond (2186m)
  • Mt Tarapuhi (1605m)14/12/2020
    Mt Tarapuhi (1605m)
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Weather Information
28 Jan

29 Jan

3 / 13ºC
30 Jan

4 / 16ºC
31 Jan

6 / 17ºC
1 Feb

6 / 19ºC
2 Feb

7 / 21ºC
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Update:28/01/21 18:30hrs
Update: 28/1/21 17:25hrs NZST
Sunrise: 5:29hrs
Sunset: 20:00hrs
Temperature: 10.1ºC  (Falling)
Temperature (Low): 9.8ºC
Temperature (High): 15.9ºC
Wind Chill: 10.1ºC
Humidity: 0%  (Falling)
Barometer: 1003.06mb (Steady)
Wind Speed: 11km/h
Wind Direction: WNW
Wind Gust: 84km/h (0:00hrs)
Cloud Base: 4218m ASL
Freezing Level: 2584m
Daily Rainfall: 25.4mm
Hourly Rain: 0mm/hr
24 Hour Rain: 25.4mm
Rain Days (2021): 15

Last Update: 28/01/2021 17:04
Location: Mt Rolleston (Goldney Ridge) 1800m
Alt. Temp: 4.4ºC
Alt. Windspeed: 24.2kmph
Alt. Av. Windspeed: 28.6kmph
Alt. Max. Windspeed: 54.4kmph
Alt. Wind Chill: -0.2ºC
Alt. Air Pressure: 804hPa
Alt. 3 Day Rainfall: 26.7mm (Today: 25.1mm)
Last Snowfall: 7 days ago
7 Day Snowfall: 0.0cm
Snowpack Depth: 0.0cm
Windslab E: 10.8cm
2 Day
3 Day
Carrington Hut28/01/2021 - 16:00hrs36.0mm36mm36mm
Mid Poulter River28/01/2021 - 16:00hrs0.0mm0mm0mm
Grasmere Stn28/01/2021 - 16:00hrs9.0mm9mm9mm
Mt Cheeseman28/01/2021 - 16:00hrs9.0mm9mm9mm
Goldney Ridge28/01/2021 - 18:35hrs62mm62mm62mm

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