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Observations

Region: Turnagain
Location: Road Observations
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Route & General Observations

A drive through Turnagain Pass to check on the recent avalanche activity.

Avalanche Details

Avalanche details

Trigger NaturalAvalanche Type Wet SlabAspect Southwest
Elevation 1500ftSlope AngleunknownCrown Depthunknown
WidthunknownLengthunknown  

Observer Comments

Several recent avalanches seen along Turnagain Pass. Many are from the past few days such as several debris piles in the guts along Seattle Ridge, but several from today.

New avalanche activity:

Eddies: Occurred between 1 and 2pm. Wet slab (photo below) roughly 1-2' thick and 300' wide. Crown is near the rain line and likely triggered by rain on the new snow from this week. However, if you look closely, it almost seems like it could have broken in an old weak layer that was not near the top of the pack.

Pete's South: Occurred sometime last night or this morning. Wet slab also (photo below). Roughly 1' - 18" thick and 300' wide. Crown is roughly near 1,800' and this slab seem similar to the Eddies slide where it is possible it stepped down if you look closely near the crown.

A few gullies and faces along Seattle Ridge look to have new debris in them as well. Absolutely no visibility to discern crown lines.

Additionally, no visibility to see Tincan, Sunburst, Magnum, etc. Much is still unknown as to all that is avalanching or not.

Red Flags

Obvious signs of instability

Recent Avalanches?YesCollapsing (Whumphing)?NoCracking (Shooting cracks)?No

Observer Comments

Stormy weather and recent avalanches.

Weather

Weather

Rain up 1,000' on Turnagain Pass. Temperature was 36-34F at 1,000' and rainfall was light. Obscured skies. Winds were also light from the Northeast.

Snow Characteristics

Snowpack

Wet and saturated snow and runnels up to 1,500' - 1,800' maybe higher..... no April Fool's joke....!

Photos & Video

Photos



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