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Issued
Thu, March 27th, 2014 - 7:00AM
Expires
Fri, March 28th, 2014 - 7:00AM
Forecaster
Kevin Wright
Avalanche risk The Bottom Line

Low avalanche danger and severe clear weather continues.  We have no recent reports of avalanche activity, and people are traveling everywhere across our zone.  

Normal caution means we still maintain a certain amount of respect for the mountains and the snowpack.  Problems can be found if you look hard enough, but with good decision making you can get away with a lot right now.

Sunny south aspects are getting crusted over by daytime melting and nighttime freezing.  North aspects are still cold, east and west are also generally crust free.  Soft snow can be found in some places but not likely on south until possibly late in the day.

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Thu, March 27th, 2014
Alpine
Above 2,500'
Low (1)
Avalanche risk
Treeline
1,000'-2,500'
Low (1)
Avalanche risk
Below Treeline
Below 1,000'
Low (1)
Avalanche risk
Alpine
Above 2,500'
Avalanche risk
Low (1)
Treeline
1,000'-2,500'
Avalanche risk
Low (1)
Below Treeline
Below 1,000'
Avalanche risk
Low (1)
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Normal Caution
Normal Caution means triggering an avalanche is unlikely but not impossible.
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The biggest problems we’ve had recently are related to people traveling in steep terrain – but not from an unstable snowpack.  We’ve had 2 helicopter rescues recently.  The first one was a traumatic fall, read their account HERE.  The second happened yesterday when a group had problems descending Wolverine peak.  They called for help, spent the night out on the mountain, and got picked up by an Air National Guard helicopter yesterday morning.  This is a good reminder to be prepared for all the mountain hazards.  Sometimes crampons, ice axe, a rope and the mountaineering training to use them are warranted in our bigger mountain terrain.

Stability problems to look out for today:

Cornices:
Overhanging cornice features are unlikely to fall spontaneously, unless the temperatures really ramp up today.  They may fail if you add some weight and stress by walking/skiing/riding over them.  The first rule of cornices is to give them space.

Wet Loose avalanches:
We have yet to see much of this type of activity, but it is coming with longer and warmer days.  Keep it in mind on south facing aspects late in the day.

Old Wind Slabs:
Stiff snow is likely to be bonded well to the layers underneath.  However, be prepared for small plates to break off in steep terrain.  This isn’t really a burial hazard, but rather a “knock you off your feet” kind of hazard, which could be dangerous in high consequence terrain.

 

Weather
Thu, March 27th, 2014

It’s been more than a week and a half since the last snow storm.  

Look for mostly sunny skies again today.  Wind has been negligible the last several days, and will continue that way.  Temperatures are going through the standard early spring diurnal fluctuations – cold at night and warm during the day.  Daytime temperatures are reaching the high 30s.  

The longterm weather outlook looks like more of the same.  Party sunny to mostly sunny skies can be expected until we get a major pattern change.

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