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Friday, November 19, 2004 7:30 pm
evening, this is Evelyn Lees with the
A few flakes to a single stingy inch of snow fell Friday before skies partially cleared. Temperatures are dropping, and will bottom out near 10 degrees by Saturday morning. It’s not just the cold that will have your teeth chattering this weekend – most sunny and mid elevation slopes have a granite-like crust on the surface. This will make for jarring turning conditions and the potential for a slide-for-life on steep slopes. However, if you go over to the dark side, there are 4 to 8 inches of first-rate recrystallized powder on wind sheltered, shady slopes above about 9,000’, best if you can find an untracked line.
The snow pack is mostly stable, with the surface snow continuing to weaken. A mix of recrystalized snow and surface hoar makes for load powder on the shady slopes. On continuously steep, shady slopes, it is possible to trigger sluffs large enough to trip you up. The wind speeds may increase Saturday night into Sunday, and any wind drifts formed, even shallow soft drifts, will be very sensitive and easily triggered by people. Avoid any fresh drifts of wind blown snow, especially on steep, shady slopes.
cold, northerly flow tonight will become northeasterly and then easterly as the
main trough moves south of the area and forms a now familiar cut-off low to the
south of us. Skies will be partly to
mostly cloudy in the northern
If you are getting out, drop us a line or an email with any reports or observations from the backcountry. You can leave us a message at 524-5304 or 1 800-662-4140. Email us at [email protected], or send a fax to 524-6301.
The information in this advisory is from the US Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.
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