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Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Good morning, this is Evelyn Lees with the
A high pressure ridge is firmly entrenched over the area, and temperatures are warming. Many elevations did not drop below freezing last night, and are in the low 30’s this morning. The northwesterly winds have settled down to a dull roar, with hourly averages generally in the 15 to 25 mph range, and gusts into the 30’s and 40’s. The well worn snow still offers good turning and riding conditions in recrystalized powder on mid and upper elevation shady slopes and corn on sunny slopes. The key is to find a slope that doesn’t look like a bowl full of spaghetti noodles, tracked from edge to edge.
The warm overnight temperatures will increase the danger of wet snow slides today. While most slopes will have a surface refreeze this morning, it is shallow and will be short lived. Wet sluffs and wet slab activity will be most widespread in the areas where it hasn’t dropped below freezing for two nights now – much of the low and mid elevation terrain in both the
The persistent, northwesterly winds have created some shallow wind drifts, especially in upper elevation terrain, that will be sensitive to the weight of a person and should be avoided on steep slopes.
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The avalanche danger will rise to MODERATE with daytime heating on slopes steeper then about 35 degrees, with both wet loose sluffs and wet slab avalanches possible. Also avoid steep slopes with recent or old wind drifts.
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Mountain Weather: (You can find the afternoon Weather Update here.)
High pressure centered over the west coast will keep a northerly flow over the area through Friday. This morning’s strong, northwesterly winds will gradually decrease, into the 15 to 25 mph range. Skies will be partly cloudy today, with mainly high thin clouds. Temperatures will continue to warm, reaching near 50 at 8,000’ and into the mid to upper 30’s at 10,000’. A change in the pattern is in sight, with a significant cooling trend starting Saturday, hopefully followed by a wetter pattern for next week.
Powderbird Guides did not fly. If they can
fly today, they will be in Mill Creek, Mineral,
If you have any snow or avalanche observations, call and leave a message at 524-5304 or 1-800-662-4140, or e-mailing us at [email protected]. Fax is 524-6301.
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
7:30 on Thursday morning.
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