Mt. Nusatsum

Mt. Nusatsum

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Snow Zone

One of the places in the Bella Coola Valley where you can expect snow when no where else gets snow is the mouth of the Nusatsum River Valley.  It's the largest tributary in the lower valley and it runs north into the Bella Coola about 20 km east of the town of Bella Coola.  It's influenced by a lot of cold air that flows down it from the glaciers and high mountains at its head.

On days like today that are somewhat marginal in weather quality in the valley, if there will be snow anywhere it's for a short distance at the mouth of the river where Highway 20 crosses the bridge in a really tight U-shape turn.  It was snowing this morning for a short distance there where there was no snow elsewhere.  It's a good place to slow down to 5 km/h as you go over the bridge on most days.  Grizzly

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