Forecast for the Skyline Area Mountains

Brett Kobernik
Issued by Brett Kobernik for
Tuesday, April 2, 2024
The overall avalanche danger is generally LOW on the Skyline today.
LOW danger does not mean NO danger. There is a threat of avalanches but that threat is pretty low and unlikely.
The sun and warming temperatures may make the newest snow become unstable. Avoid steep slopes and stay out of ravines if the snow becomes really wet and sloppy.
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Weather and Snow
Current Conditions: Riding conditions were again excellent on Monday. It's not deep dry powder but super fun carvable snow. It should be good this morning still but get it while the gettin' is good. Warm temperatures are sure to start taking a hit on the riding conditions. Light snowfall on Monday didn't add up to much. There was a little wind on Monday but it generally stayed light with a few moderate speed gusts now and then from the northwest. Temperatures stayed in the mid 20s and dropped into the teens overnight at a number of stations.
Mountain Weather: It's going to be a sunny day today with temperatures getting into the mid 30s. Wind will be light from the northwest. Wednesday and Thursday will be warmer. Temperatures cool slightly on Friday ahead of a minor storm Friday night. The storm looks pretty small and at this point doesn't look like it'll produce much snow.
Avalanche Problem #1
Normal Caution
Overall, avalanche conditions are pretty safe. There are two things that come to mind that I'll watch for as I travel today.
Wet Snow Avalanches: As the sun heats the new snow, it can get to the point where it becomes unstable. Pinwheels rolling downhill are a sign that things are becoming unstable. One thing to note about wet avalanches is that when people do get caught, they generally don't trigger the avalanche but get caught from a natural avalanche that starts above them. Simply avoid steep terrain and gullies when the snow gets really wet and you'll stay safe.
Wind Drifted Snow: There really hasn't been all that much wind with the last storm but there always seems to be some pockets of wind drifted snow that form during storms. Avoid any steep wind loaded slopes especially just below ridgelines.
Both these concerns are pretty minor today. Watch for signs of both these concerns today and you'll avoid trouble.
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.