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“keeping you on top”
April 03, 2008 7:30 am
Good morning, this is
The weak storm that put down a few inches on Wednesday throughout the range has exited our area and skies are mostly clear. Temperatures dropped into the upper teens and low 20s overnight with west northwest winds averaging 5 to 15 mph along the mid elevation ridges and gusting into the 40s at the most exposed peaks.
Snow and Avalanche Discussion:
It looks like our cold temperatures have passed. Not that it’s really warm but just not the “January like” temperatures of a few days ago. The newest snow became damp on Wednesday even on north aspects fairly high in elevation producing rollerballs and pinwheeling. Natural activity was in the form of wet loose snow avalanches some piling up fairly good sized debris piles. Many people were able to initiate wet slides as well. There were a number of reports of small soft slabs that skiers released also.
For today we’ll be looking at wet activity as our main concern. While a number of slopes became damp yesterday and will have refroze overnight making them less susceptible to warming, clearing with direct sun today may override this producing more widespread wet activity. An early start and early end is the safest bet for mountain travel today. Avoid gullies and terrain traps where wet activity may ooze into piling up quite deep.
Bottom Line for the
Most areas have a LOW avalanche danger this morning. A close eye must be kept on wet activity as the danger is expected to rise to MODERATE or even CONSIDERABLE as the day goes on. Stay out of gully bottoms and confined chutes where any avalanche that releases from above will funnel into. Pay attention to any snow movement such as snow falling off trees, rollerballs and small sluffs all indicating the snow is heating up. Exit the mountains early to avoid the wet activity issue.
Temperatures should warm into the mid 30s at 8000 feet and around 30 along the upper ridges. Northwest winds should average 5 to 15 mph gusting into the 30s along the more exposed locations. Temperatures again drop back into the upper teens and low 20s tonight with another mild day in store for Friday with warmer temperatures. There’s a chance for snow on Saturday with mild high pressure moving in Sunday.
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