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Good morning, this is Evelyn
Lees with the
Under cloudy skies, temperatures are mild in the mountains this morning - already in the low 30’s. The southwesterly winds are averaging 15-20 mph with gusts near 30 along the exposed ridges.
Turning conditions are limited to the higher elevations in most parts of the range. Above about 9,000’ there is some decent settled powder on shady northerly facing slopes. Most other slopes and the lower elevations are crusted early and late, and become damp with heating. Snowshoeing is a good choice for the current conditions.
While no new avalanches have
been reported for several days, our snow pits still indicate lingering
instabilities on the steep, shady slopes above about 9,000’. In these areas, last weekend’s storm landed
on the weak sugary October snow. As the dense
slabs above the old October snow become harder to trigger, skiers or riders may
be able to cross them multiple times or get further out onto the slab before
they release. Our friends in
Moderate winds should continue today, so shallow drifts will develop along the exposed ridges, in chutes and in open bowls. These new drifts will be sitting on weak surface snow, and could crack and move with the weight of a person on steep slopes.
The avalanche danger is MODERATE today above about 9,000 feet on northeast, north and northwest facing slopes, approaching 35 degrees and steeper. Very dangerous human triggered slides are possible in this terrain. It is also MODERATE on steep slopes with recent deposits of wind drifted snow. On most other slopes the avalanche danger is generally LOW.
A weak Pacific weather
disturbance will move across northern
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