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Good morning, this is Tom
Kimbrough with the
Clouds moved over
I’m getting the feeling that this winter season could use a dose of euthanasia, although Thursday did turn out to be beautiful, with sunny skies, cool temperatures and fine corn snow riding. Some of Wednesday’s dreariness may return today with mostly cloudy skies this morning and possibly a few April showers.
Looking at the fracture lines of last week’s wet slab avalanches, I am a bit puzzled why one slope pulls out and others that look identical didn’t. A lot more didn’t than did and I won’t trust those that didn’t when the next major warm-up comes around. One noticeable similarity in last week’s slides is that most of them broke at mid-slope. This week has been quiet but those January weak layers are still lurking down there, just waiting for a couple of hot days and warm nights to become active again.
Last night’s temperatures
were probably not warm enough to get another round of wet slabs going but if
the sun comes out later today and as temperatures rise, wet surface slides will
become likely and a few isolated deep releases are possible. If you are going into the mountains today
your best protection is to head for home when the snow becomes wet and
sloppy. Traveling under steep rock slabs
(like those in Broads Fork and Stairs Gulch) is not recommended, especially in
the afternoon. Also avoid gully bottoms
This morning the avalanche danger is generally LOW but it will increase to MODERATE with daytime warming. If you are sinking into the snow past your boot tops get off of steep slopes and stay out of avalanche run-out areas.
morning’s clouds are associated with a very weak disturbance that will be
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The information in this advisory is from the U.S. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.
I will update this advisory by Saturday morning.
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