Forecast for the Skyline Area Mountains

Issued by Brett Kobernik for Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 5:33am
The overall avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE today. Areas of HIGH AVALANCHE DANGER still exist in the upper elevation steep north through east facing terrain.
Slopes steeper than 30 degrees especially where the wind has been drifting snow are likely places to trigger an avalanche today.
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Weather and Snow
Riding conditions remain good to excellent. This could play against some people as the euphoria of the fresh powder can easily cloud our avalanche safety judgment.
Weather conditions will deteriorate as the day goes on today as another storm moves into our area. Anticipate increasing clouds and the chance for snow this afternoon. I'm not anticipating much more than a few inches of new snow by Sunday morning. Wind will be moderate in speed from the southwest and high temperatures will be around 20.
Recent Avalanches
I regret to inform everyone that a snowmobiler who was missing after being caught in an avalanche did not survive. Rescue crews recovered his body mid day on Friday. It goes with out saying that our hearts go out to family, friends and anyone affected by this accident. ACCIDENT REPORT HERE
Avalanche Problem #1
Persistent Weak Layer
Reports of the snowpack collapsing or "whoomping" continued on Friday. This is a BIG red flag for avalanche danger. Buried persistent weak layers of sugar snow lurk underneath the new snow from earlier this week. These persistent weak layers are collapsing and causing the "whoomping" noise. It will most likely take some more time before these layers completely stabilize and stop producing avalanches.
These buried weak layers of snow can be found in many locations around the compass but are the most dangerous on the north through east facing slopes that have received the biggest amounts of wind drifted snow on top of them.
Additional Information
This forecast is from the U.S. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. This forecast describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.

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