Forecast for the Skyline Area Mountains

Brett Kobernik
Issued by Brett Kobernik for
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
There is a MODERATE avalanche danger rating in the upper elevation slopes steeper than 30˚.
Small human triggered avalanches are possible in the higher terrain.
Watch for loose dry snow sluffing. Also avoid terrain in the upper elevations where you see recent deposits of wind drifted snow.
Overall, avalanche conditions are pretty safe right now unless you're really looking for trouble and pushing into very steep radical terrain.
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Weather and Snow
Current Conditions: The little weather disturbance that didn't look like it was going to do much delivered 8 inches of new snow overnight. Riding conditions remain as good as it gets. Temperatures have hovered around 10˚ over the last 24 hours. Northwest wind was a bit blustery on Tuesday along the exposed terrain. It looks like it's slowed a bit. It hasn't been getting down into the canyons.
Mountain Weather: It looks like another cloudy day with cool temperatures. Highs won't get out of the low teens. Northwest wind should continue to slow. Weather looks mostly cloudy with light to moderate speed wind over the next few days. There's a chance for light snowfall this weekend and another small storm early next week.
Avalanche Problem #1
New Snow
Conditions are generally pretty stable right now. The new snow is very low density and is probably prone to sluffing. On very steep sustained slopes, a sluff could entrain enough snow to cause you some grief.
Also, watch for fresh drifts and wind slabs along the higher exposed terrain. You may be able to find some of these that could crack out on you if you're onto very steep slopes.
The new snow and wind drifted snow really don't pose that great of threat out there today. Just be aware that you can find trouble if you go looking for it.
General Announcements
This forecast is from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. This forecast describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.