Forecast for the Skyline Area Mountains

Brett Kobernik
Issued by Brett Kobernik for
Sunday, March 31, 2024
The overall avalanche danger is mostly LOW on the Skyline today.
There is a "pockety" MODERATE avalanche danger on steep upper elevation slopes that face northwest through southeast where there are recent deposits of wind drifted snow.
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Weather and Snow
Current Conditions: It looks to me that this second half of the storm is going to be a bust. We only picked up a trace of new snow in the last 24 hours. Temperatures have been hovering in the upper 20s to low 30s. Wind has been from the south and has been generally light. The snow is damp in almost all locations. You might find hints of dry snow on steeper upper elevation north facing terrain.
Mountain Weather: What originally looked like a promising wave of snow today has pretty much faded into nothing. The low pressure system off to our southwest will continue to feed clouds into our area today and Monday with small amounts of snow and minimal accumulation. Wind from the southwest will increase in speed this afternoon. I'm expecting moderate to strong speeds later on. Temperatures should remain in the upper 20s to low 30s. High pressure moves in Tuesday with warm temperatures which will last through Friday. Weather models indicate more storms moving through starting next weekend.
Avalanche Problem #1
Wind Drifted Snow
The snow was well behaved on Saturday and I did not see anything alarming as far as avalanche danger. The main concern today is scattered wind slabs in the higher elevation terrain. It looks like the wind will increase in speed this afternoon which will form some fresh drifts. I don't think this is going to pose all that much threat to people out there. That said, don't let your guard down. Pay attention to where you are and look for signs of drifting and fresh slabs forming. Wind will be from the southwest so north, northeast and east facing slopes will be the most likely places where drifts will form. Avoid steep slopes where those are present and you'll stay safe.
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.