|Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
|Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern.
|Dangerous avalanche conditions. Careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding, and conservative decision-making essential.
|Very dangerous avalanche conditions. Travel in avalanche terrain not recommended.
|Extraordinarily dangerous avalanche conditions. Avoid all avalanche terrain.
|Likelihood of Avalanches
|Natural and human-triggered avalanches unlikely.
|Natural avalanches unlikely; human-triggered avalanches possible.
|Natural avalanches possible; human-triggered avalanches likely.
|Natural avalanches likely; human-triggered avalanches very likely.
|Natural and human-triggered avalanches certain.
|Avalanche Size and Distribution
|Small avalanches in isolated areas or extreme terrain.
|Small avalanches in specific areas; or large avalanches in isolated areas.
|Small avalanches in many areas; or large avalanches in specific areas; or very large avalanches in isolated areas.
|Large avalanches in many areas; or very large avalanches in specific areas.
|Very large avalanches in many areas.
The snowpack around Turnagain Pass is not typical for this time of year. November and December were dry months with close to record lows in terms of snowfall. Clear and cold conditions helped to weaken the snow that was sitting on the ground. This is what comprises the foundation of the snowpack.
The New Year brought the first significant storm of the season. This storm started warm & wet and finished cool & dry. This is what we call a “right side up” storm. This newest snow has since bonded well to the old snow surface.
Despite this, we still have that weak snow lurking deeper in the snowpack. It will be possible to get onto slopes without seeing the normal warning signs of shooting cracks or experiencing collapsing. This is a tricky set up that requires conservative travel practices and digging/testing the snow below the surface.
It will be generally difficult to initiate an avalanche today. However, the possibility still exists for humans to trigger an avalanche in deeper layers, especially in steep terrain.
(Photo below taken in the afternoon on January 2nd. These avalanches occured during the day and were triggered remotely by 2 skiers. Click HERE for more info)
In the past 24 hours the mountains around Eastern Turnagain Arm have received zero precip. Winds have been calm and temperatures have been in the low 20s F.
Today expect cloudy skies and snow showers mainly in the morning. Snow accumulations will be light, in the 1-2 € range. Winds will also be light out of the South at 5-10mph.
A well orgainzed Low pressure system to the South will bring warm and wet conditions to the area over the weekend. Heaviest precip amounts look to be arriving Saturday evening into Sunday morning.
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