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Issued
Thu, April 10th, 2014 - 7:00AM
Expires
Fri, April 11th, 2014 - 7:00AM
Forecaster
Kevin Wright
The Bottom Line

Another beautiful sunny day is expected.  Cold, clear, and calm.  Avalanche potential will be  LOW,  with only minor sluffing noted in the last couple days.  

Temperatures remained cold enough yesterday that our new surface should still be fairly soft and dry.  The exception to that may be south faces that got a direct hit by sun, and a sun crust may be found.  

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Thu, April 10th, 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)
Danger Scale:
No Rating (0)
Low (1)
Moderate (2)
Considerable (3)
High (4)
Extreme (5)
Avalanche Problem 1
  • Dry Loose
    Dry Loose
Dry Loose
Dry Loose avalanches are the release of dry unconsolidated snow and typically occur within layers of soft snow near the surface of the snowpack. These avalanches start at a point and entrain snow as they move downhill, forming a fan-shaped avalanche. Other names for loose-dry avalanches include point-release avalanches or sluffs.
More info at Avalanche.org

The only evidence of recent moving snow that we know of is loose snow sluffing.  This activity appears to be all low volume and minor in size.  With a couple days since the storm, surface snow will now be more settled and consolidated and more difficult to cause additional sluffing.  

The backcountry really does look nice out there.  6 inches of new snow fell on the old tired surface early this week.  This refresh isn’t enough to keep you from feeling the old snow underneath, but it is enough to improve conditions.  Combined with sunny skies, the backcountry is a fairly safe and pleasant playground today.  

Natural small sluff avalanche on the west face of Lips.

Weather
Thu, April 10th, 2014

The last storm was on Tuesday when 6-8 inches fell at Turnagain Pass and Girdwood.  This has now settled to 4-6 inches.  

Temperatures remained cold yesterday, below freezing in the mountains despite the sunny skies.  Overnight temperatures dipped to teens and single digits.  Clouds are rare in our current high pressure pattern.

We can expect sunny skies for today and tomorrow, and a change to stormy weather on Saturday night.  

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